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Variety: Visitors looking at the products on display at the ‘Buyer-Sellers Meet-cum-Powerloom Products Mela’ in Bangalore on Wednesday.
Variety: Visitors looking at the products on display at the ‘Buyer-Sellers Meet-cum-Powerloom Products Mela’ in Bangalore on Wednesday.

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‘Strong platform for sales needed’

‘Karnataka has only one textile park; Tamil Nadu has 12’

Bangalore: Bangalore is the hub of apparel manufacturing with 600 to 700 units situated here.

However, the fabric required for the industry is sourced from outside the State, said Textile Commissioner Sandhya Venugopal Sharma, who emphasised the need to set right this imbalance.

Speaking after inaugurating Texpo, a buyer-seller meet of powerloom products here on Wednesday, she said that this was one of the areas to be addressed under the textile policy of Karnataka, Suvarna Vastra Neethi (2008-15).

The textile industry needs special attention as it is the next biggest employment generator in the country after agriculture, said Ms. Sharma. She emphasised the need to improve technology and design elements of powerloom products.

S. Rajasekaran, Director-in-Charge, regional office of the Textile Commission, said that Texpo hopes to minimise the role of middle-men in transactions. One of the biggest problems of the textile industry was the absence of a strong platform for sales and the presence of several levels of transactions, he said.

Good response expected

The previous buyer-seller meet held in the city had resulted in business transaction worth Rs. 4 crore, and the five-day meet organised in Bangalore at Basava Bhavan now would surpass that mark, said Mr. Rajasekaran.

T.V. Maruthi, exporter and member of Powerloom Development and Export Promotion Council, said that Karnataka had only one textile park in comparison with Tamil Nadu which had 12.

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