A five-day trade fair as part of the ongoing Grand Kerala Shopping Festival (GKSF) began at VJT Hall on Thursday, bringing together an array of home-made products under one roof.

Minister for Tourism A.P. Anil Kumar inaugurated the fair being organised by the District Industries Centre.

“Such fairs will be the ideal platforms to promote the small-scale sector and small entrepreneurs while making sure that quality products reach people at fair prices,” the Minister said in his address.

Presiding over the inaugural function, K. Muraleedharan, MLA, urged the government to extend all support to the small-scale industrialists who could not afford to spend on advertisements and compete with the big players.

Prize coupons

GKSF Director U.V. Jose reiterated the commitment on the part of the shopping festival to promote the small-scale sector.

All the participants of the fair were GKSF-registered outlets and buyers would be given prize coupons as part of the shopping festival, Mr. Jose said.

District Industries Centre General Manager Ramesh Chandran, Manager Vijayakumar, and Small Scale Association leader A.I. Peter also spoke.

Free entry

Food products made by self-help groups of women, khadi products, electronic items by manufactured by small-scale industries, and ornaments and bags are on display at the trade fair, which is open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. till January 14. Entry is free.

Organising committee

Meanwhile, the organising committee for the closing ceremony of the GKSF will be constituted in Palakkad on January 14.

The 48-day shopping festival will conclude with a grand function in Palakkad on February 3.