Special Correspondent

HYDERABAD: Minister for Small Scale Industries D.K. Aruna on Tuesday assured women entrepreneurs that the government would soon identify land for the Association of Lady Entrepreneurs of Andhra Pradesh (ALEAP) to have its own office and training centre.

Addressing the gathering after inaugurating VIPANI Expo ’09 at People’s Plaza on Necklace Road, a five-day exhibition-cum-sale of a variety of products made by women entrepreneurs, she said that time and again, women had proved they were as good, if not better than men.

All they needed was some support on the marketing front, she asserted, recalling her own experiences as an entrepreneur.

The government was all for extending support to women entrepreneurs, the Minister said, responding to a plea from ALEAP president K. Ramadevi that they needed separate industrial estates for women in every district. There were quite a few success stories she said, adding that members could learn from them and with marketing support, make their business profitable.

Secretary, Food Processing Industries, Rani Kumudini, said it was unfortunate that most of the people tended to go for branded and established products available in supermarkets these days and said people needed to be made aware that unbranded products made by entrepreneurs too, were good.

Website launched

Earlier, the Minister inaugurated a website www.vipani.in and said the inputs would help members draw from others’ experiences.

Chukka Kondaiah from National Institute for Small and Micro Enterprises and N.K. Narula, General Manager, SBI, spoke. While ALEAP president Ramadevi welcomed the gathering, secretary Durga Bhavani proposed the vote of thanks.