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Khadi's share low in Indian textile sector: minister
Feb '18
While export prospects of khadi are assured with the world preferring eco-friendly products, the share of khadi is very low — less than 0.22 per cent — in the textile sector in India, minister of commerce and industry Suresh Prabhu told a recent roundtable titled ‘Khadi: Local to Global’, organised by the Indian Institute of Foreign Trade(IIFT) in New Delhi.

As the textiles and apparel sector has made a significant contribution by providing direct and indirect employment to around 35 million and 50 million Indians respectively, making it the largest employment sector after agriculture, khadi export promotion has become an important focus point, Prabhu said.

The roundtable last month was supported by Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC) and UDAANSKILL, a start-up engaged in imparting digital skills to micro, small and medium industry (MSME) units, according to a ministry press release.

The event focused on identifying newer markets and product diversification, developing promotional strategies to enter newer markets, inputs on trade policy, market access at the World Trade Organisation (WTO) front, compliances, design interventions and possibilities of corporate social responsibility interventions from companies and public sector undertakings.

Khadi’s export worthiness also comes from the fact that it earns a lot of water and carbon foot print as its production consumes much less water compared to other fabrics, said KVIC chairman VK Saxena. (DS)

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