TAI to establish 26 incubation centres in India: Dr Sonare

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 01 May 2018 12:28:17


Business Bureau

AFTER taking over the responsibility as the Chairman of the prestigious Textile Association of India (TAI), Dr Hemant Sonare disclosed his own planning to accelerate the growth of textile industry in the country. Talking to The Hitavada, he said that TAI, which had 26,000 members, would take the initiative to arrange a get-together of various associations from China, Indonesia, Myanmar and Vietnam. It would try to bring the organisations such as Walmart, Costco and Target, etc. on a common platform.
“The Make in India initiative has made India a preferred manufacturing destination and has allowed the manufacturing sector to be beneficiary of 100 per cent FDI,” he said. The Government should give strong financial support to R&D. Textile industry should stop importing used machinery and encourage domestic manufacturers.
“Time demands improved technical courses, advanced textile engineering colleges with focussed research to develop our own pools of technocrats. Big time reforms are required in technical courses where the focus should be practical implementation of engineering concepts and an attitude towards innovative research,” he felt.

“We are planning to establish incubation centres all across the country through 26 different units to boost entrepreneurship in textile and clothing sector. TAI will organise global innovation and research conclaves across the country to provide a platform to the young innovators and researchers,” he said.“Nagpur is not only ‘Orange City’ but ‘Cotton City’ too because of the availability of cotton on a large scale. About 35 lakh bales are produced every year. Of them, only 7 to 8 lakh cotton bales are processed through available spinning mills and converted into yarn in Vidarbha, rest of the cotton is going out for value addition,” Dr Sonare said. Vidarbha was among the highest cotton producing areas of the country with a large amount of ginning factories and spinning mills but there was not enough weaving and processing facilities available, therefore forward value addition was not taking place in Vidarbha. Forward and backward integration with value addition at every stage would bring back the glory to Vidarbha.

“The Government has offered special packages to promote textile and clothing sector. There is a need of concrete solutions for the cotton producing farmers of Vidarbha to increase productivity and quality. The industry should adopt cotton producing villages and adapt corporate farming to change the entire cultivation system. Farmers need modern techniques of farming and strong processing ecosystem,” he said. Along with the creation of textile parks, there was a need for more R&D to promote Vidarbha region as the ‘Cotton Hub & Spinning Capital’ of the country. “Large number of suicides has brought a bad name to Vidarbha. For the survival of cotton farming sectors of Vidarbha, collective and collaborative efforts are required. TAI would address various issues of cotton and take corrective steps including educating various people in cotton value chain. This is an emotional approach which will design the future road map for progressive growth. The major cotton growing countries like China, US and Australia had faced drought-like situation due to which there would be a good demand of cotton from India in the international market. “We have to grab the opportunity,” he suggested.