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China invades Indian handicraft market
Jun '09
China reproduces the Indian traditional hand-made products and exports it back to India, said Chairman of Exports Promotion Council for Handicrafts (EPCH) Mr. R.K. Malhotra. Almost all the major handicraft items in metal, wood-ware, jute as well as toys are being imported from China.

Indian people engaged in handicrafts business say that China has invaded the Indian markets with their duplicate machine-made craft items manufactured on a big volume. According to EPCH data, in 2007-08 India imported Rs. 1,040.03 crore worth of China-made handicraft items, which stood at Rs. 792.98 crore in the year 2006-07.

Chinese manufacturers also send their machine-made craft items to the global market giving tough competition to Indian suppliers as these machine-made products are low priced compared to that of Indian hand-made crafts.

As these China made items are ruining the Indian heritage of handicrafts, the EPCH sought a ban on import of these items. The ongoing global recession has rendered about 50 percent people jobless in this sector that once engaged one-million people, said EPCH.

The import of Chinese items has affected artisans of the country along with the domestic as well as export business. The handicraft exports of India has almost halved to $1.79 billion in 2008-09 compared to that of the previous year.

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