All India Textile Conference begins in city

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 03 Feb 2018 09:42:51


Business Bureau,

‘FIBRE to Fashion, Integrated Growth Roadmap’ is the theme of the 15th International and 73rd All India Textile Conference, which was inaugurated at Dr Vasantrao Deshpande Auditorium on Friday.

The conference, organised by The Textile Association (India) Vidarbha (TAI), was inaugurated at the hands of Dr C D Mayee, former Chairman, Agricultural Scientist Recruitment Board, Chairman, Advisory Committee, Agro Vision; Anil Joshi, ex-Textile Commissioner of India; Sanjay Meena, Director Textiles, Government of Maharashtra; Dr V N Waghmare, Director, Central Institute for Cotton Research, Nagpur (CICR); D A Kulkarni, Deputy Secretary Textile, Government of Maharashtra; Arvind Sinha, President, TAI; D R Mehata, IMM, TAI; T K Sengupta, President-elect, TAI; V D Zope, Chairman, TAI; Naresh Parekh, Secretary, TAI; Dr Hemant Sonare, Conferance Chairman and Rajivkumar Dubay, President of TAI, Vidarbha.

Dr Hemant Sonare made the theme address. He said: “Textile industry forms the backbone of the economy and social development as a major contributor of industrial production and major recipient of foreign exchange.” The conference would provide an insight and a future roadmap, and there was a lot to take home from the conference. He noted that around 40 experts from their respective domains would deliver lecture.

Arvind Sinha informed that TAI would be organising a 2-day international conference on textile with the support of the Indo American Chamber of Commerce (IACC), partnering with the US Commercial Service and the US Consulate, Mumbai.

Dr C D Mayee said: “Cotton has 60 per cent contribution in textile, though the share is comming down nowadays.” He also elaborated preventive measures to fight the new disease which is affecting the cotton crops in Vidarbha, i.e. ‘Big Bull Worm’ diease. He emphasised that farmers should be included while planning for the integrated growth map. Mayee also urged the delegates to make a strong textile value chain and make efforts in marketing in the domestic as well as overseas markets also.

Sanjay Meena expressed his concern over the textile business not finding proper entrepreneurships. “Only 40 per cent of the targets were achieved of the 2011-17 Textile Policy and only 1/3rd of the investment has come in,” Meena said. He urged for filling in the processing gaps and increasing the processing facilities. Rajivkumar Dubay proposed the vote of thanks. Dr U K Gangopadhyay, R K Vij, Rajiv Ranjan, Harishchand Shah and Hasmukh Patel were felicitated and awarded for their contributions in the field of cotton. The conference is being attended by 600 delegates.