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Handicrafts Fair to be much bigger than other fairs – buyers
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Feb '11
Mr. Jitin Prasada, Union Minister of State for Road Transport and Highways said that Indian Handicrafts & Gifts Fair (IHGF) is very important platform for the producers, manufacturers and exporters of handicrafts showcasing their range of products for exports.

The Government gives considerable importance to this sector and has already announced a large number incentives, support packages,welfare schemes and health insurance etc. for the craft persons and other engaged in the production of this sector, he said while delivering the Valedictory Address on the concluding day of the 31st edition of the IHGF-Spring 2011 organized by the Export Promotion Council for Handicrafts(EPCH) at India Expo Centre and Mart here.

The Minister further said that every effort would be made to provide a hassle free visit and sourcing of products for the overseas buyers who come from all across the globe to enhance exports of handicrafts products from India.

Earlier, welcoming the Chief Guest, EPCH Chairman Raj Kumar Malhotra said “we have received very good response from the overseas buyers and we hope that the total number buyers sourcing their requirement from the exhibitors of this fair has exceeded the number of last event.

The IHGF has so far been covering the entire range of handicrafts sector. But, since the overseas buying community is looking at more product specific fairs so that they do not spend time for searching for the products of their interest, the EPCH has already started organizing product specific fairs during the last two years. Soon, more product specific fairs will be initiated on other product groups also, Mr. Malhotra added.

The four-day fair generated a business worth over Rs 840 crore and witnessed a footfall of around 5100 foreign buyers from across the globe who sourced their requirements under one roof from a diverse basket of more than 900 eco-friendly product lines displayed by 2300 exhibitors from 28 States of India.

Overseas buyers observed that the IHGF is the right place to find new things and found that prices were comparatively attractive and many products on display were exclusive. Most of the buyers found IHGF to be much bigger than other fairs.

A large number of overseas buyers came from US, UK, Japan, Germany, France, Australia, Spain, Greece, Italy, Hong Kong, China, Turkey, Hungry, Oman, Bulgaria, Thailand, Singapore, Lebanon, Israel, Portugal, Sweden, Mexico, Denmark, Belgium, Canada, Switzerland, Taiwan, UAE, Bangladesh, Nepal, Netherlands, S. Arabia, S. Africa, LAC, CIS and many other countries.

Overseas buyers evinced keen interest in many product lines particularly Indian textiles, furnishing, furniture, home décor, curios, bags and fashion accessories, children products,crocheted work and laced goods. Buyers have also shown interest in the products with antique finishing, cane items, coir mats and jute bags.

To encourage the exhibitors, EPCH has given seven best stands awards in this fair to Ajay Shankar Memorial Awards were also given in seven categories to Best Designed Stands to Thar International, Jodhpur for Furniture & Accessories, Sanjay Fashion Pvr. Ltd. New Delhi for Fashion Jewellery & Accessories, Mir Handicrafts, New Delhi for Home Textiles & Floor Coverings, Soffi's Noida for Home Textiles & Furnishings, Kariwala Industries Ltd., Kolkata for Fashion Accessories & Bags, J.C. International, Noida for Christmas Decorations, Candles & Incense Stick and Orient Art & Crafts, New Delhi for Houseware, Decorations & Gifts.

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