Rajahmundry: Managing Director of APCO B. Yellappa has said that they have set sales target of Rs.100 crores this year as against Rs.57.5 crores last year and is confident of realising it with new designs and a variety of saris and dress materials.
Addressing weavers from 325 societies from different parts of the State after inaugurating a special exhibition here on Friday, Mr. Yellappa said that APCO was bring out saris in accordance with the tastes of customers. Ample care was being taken in respect of design, colour combination, texture, etc.
A special studio was set up for the purpose with an investment of Rs. 50 lakhs.
He said computer-aided designing was in place in their website. Artisans and weavers can try for new designs on their own using the technology.
He said new designs and varieties would be purchased by APCO. He said efforts were on to increase sales abroad with the help of the Union Commerce Ministry.
Referring to non-payment of salaries for the last three months to weavers' societies, he said various Central Government departments owed APCO arrears of Rs. 48 crores.
The State government departments of police, medical and health and social welfare were yet to clear long-pending arrears, he added.
Mr. Yellappa said that APCO was having 180 outlets throughout the State and in Chennai, Mumbai and Kolkata.
Rajahmundry Rural MLA Chandana Ramesh and businessman and Weavers' United Front president Bommana Rajkumar who spoke at the meeting appealed to Mr. Yellappa to look into the issue of waiver of loans.
Senior Marketing Manager of APCO B. Kotilingam, State Weavers' Societies Federation convener D. Virupaksam, APCO Regional Depot Manager V. Sivaiah, procurement officer Tilak and others participated.