NEW DELHI: The Government is in the process of identifying 25 export-oriented clusters to boost India’s shipments from the handicraft sector, a top official said. The exports of handicrafts during the April-June period registered a growth of 3.52 percent in rupee terms and stood at Rs 5,797 crore. However, in dollar terms, there was a marginal decline of (-) 0.39 percent with exports of $865 million.
“We are in the process of identifying 25 handicraft export-oriented clusters to boost shipments from the sector. We can even organise reverse buyer-seller meets in these clusters,” Development Commissioner (Handicrafts) Shantmanu said.
“25 handicrafts cluster will be added advantage as backward integration of exporters to provide them quality and novelty handicraft products to enlarge the export basket to aim for a quantum jump in exports. Export Promotion Council for Handicrafts (EPCH) will be catalyst in marketing to provide them forward linkage with overseas buyers,” said Rakesh Kumar, Executive Director, EPCH.