The H.P. State Wool Procurement and MARKETING Federation Ltd. commonly known as "Woolfed" was established on 7th November 1988 and registered with Registrar Cooperative Societies, Government of Himachal Pradesh for the upliftment of sheep breeders of the State.
STATUS OF WOOL INDUSTRY IN HIMACHAL PRADESH
With its hilly terrain, a relatively backward State like Himachal Pradesh has very limited scope of industrialization. Traditional handicrafts and weaving of woolen handloom fabric are the main occupations after agriculture and these offer a great scope to provide employment particularly in the rural sector. At the moment, the State of H.P. does not have any organized Mill Sector dealing exclusively with wool-based industry.
The H.P. has an established tradition of handloom industry in woolen sector with an annual wool production in the State of about 1600 tones. In additions, about 10MT Angora wool is also produced. With the revival of Indo China border TRADE from routes through Himachal Pradesh, import of high quality wool and pashmina from China is likely to give a further boost to this industry in the Pradesh. Consequent upon various Sheep and Wool Development Programmes being executed by the State and encouraging response of the local sheep breeders, the total wool production in the State has been showing an upward trend in the recent past. In 1962-63, the total wool production in the State was just to the tune of 628.679 tones.
The breeds of Himachal Pradesh are renowned sheep breeds of India but are medium type wool producers. The wool produced in Himachal Pradesh is better than the carpet wool produced by the sheep of Rajasthan and can easily be used for the production of woolen products. This wool is however inferior for Apparel making Industry because of the presence of dead fiber, short staple length and vegetable matters