Piyush Goyal, Textiles Minister has called for increasing handloom exports to Rs 10,000 crore and doubling the production to Rs 1.25 lakh crore in the next three years with a view to promoting the growth of the sector. In today’s time handloom exports are worth Rs 2,500 crore and production is about Rs 60,000 crore.
At the National Handloom Day celebrations, he said, “Let us today all resolve collectively on this day that we will go for a Rs 10,000 crore target for exports of handloom products and a target to increase our production to Rs 1.25 lakh crore in the next three years.”
He also suggested forming a team under the chairmanship of Sunil Sethi of Fashion Design Council of India (FDCI) consisting of weavers, trainers, equipment makers, marketing experts and other stakeholders to recommend ways and means to promote the growth of the sector.
The sector should become strong and prosper without depending much on state support, Goyal said.
Textiles Secretary U P Singh at the event said the ministry is working on ways to ensure artisans and weavers get the right price for their products.