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'Textiles Ministry will support Indian handicraft sector'
Oct '13
The Ministry of Textiles, Government of India, would extend all possible support to the country’s handicraft industry, Textiles Minister K Sambasiva Rao said after inaugurating the four-day ‘Indian Handicrafts & Gifts Fair’ (IHGF) at Greater Noida, near New Delhi.
The Minister said there is very little emphasis on the research and development of designs and product innovation in the Indian handicraft sector and urged exporters to give greater emphasis on R&D to produce innovative products to become globally competitive.
He said already exporters have re-oriented designs, colours and pattern of the Indian handicraft products to suit international requirements, and now there is a need to further re-design and re-adopt the same to develop products for particular buying region or country.
He further said that the Indian handicrafts sector has full potential and his Ministry would extend all assistance for promotion of the sector in all possible ways.
Uttar Pradesh’s Minister of State for Science and Technology, Abhishek Mishra, said the state accounts for 40 percent of India’s total handicraft exports, and the state’s share is increasing every year.
Over 2,500 exhibitors from all parts of India are displaying a diverse range of handicraft products at the IHGF, organized by the Export Promotion Council for Handicrafts (EPCH), the nodal agency for promotion of exports of handicraft products from India.
During April-September 2013, handicraft exports from India grew by about 11.27 percent to US$ 1.56 billion, against exports worth US$ 1.41 billion recorded during same period of last fiscal, due to increasing demand from both traditional as well as newly emerging markets. 
Last year, India’s handicraft industry achieved its export target of US$ 3.3 billion, and the target for the current fiscal year has now been upwardly revised by the Textiles Ministry to US$ 4 billion.
The handicraft sector in India employs around one million people, with Moradabad, Saharanpur, Jaipur and Jodhpur being the major handicraft hubs.

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