Textiles Minister Piyush Goyal on Saturday called for increasing handloom exports to Rs 10,000 crore and multiplying the production of handloom to Rs 1.25 lakh crore in the next 3 years in a bid to promoting the growth of the sector.
National Handloom Day is observed every year on August 7 to recognize the contributions of the handloom weavers of the country. Addressing the National Handloom Day celebrations, Piyush Goyal 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 the Fashion Design Council of India 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. ''We have to look for new ways to boost handloom production and explore new markets,'' he added.