Jobayer Ahmed's textile business on the outskirts of Dhaka is going through a rough patch with the energy crisis in Bangladesh.

Production costs at Shah Fatehullah Textile Mills Limited — which employs about 2,200 workers — have risen by 40% in the last two years, Ahmed said, mainly due to the gas price for the company's in-house power plant having nearly doubled in recent months.

Despite this, "we are still not getting an uninterrupted gas supply, hampering our production," said the third-generation industrialist who runs one of the nation's oldest textile mills.