Agri-tech provides huge potential for technical textile industry: IraniMumbai: Union Textiles Minister Smriti Irani on Wednesday claimed the agri-tech sector presents the specialized textiles market a enormous option to lover with the govt as perfectly as the agrarian local community and leverage their abilities. “I sense that agri tech is one particular big area exactly where the market can lover not only with the govt, but also citizens in the agrarian portion of our economy. My hope is that supplied the agricultural expanse of our economy, the chamber (IMC Chamber of Commerce and Market) will support in discussion on challenges regarding agri-tech,” the minister claimed.

She was addressing an inaugural session at the digital convention on ‘Technical Textile – The Future of Indian Textile Industry’ organised by IMC Chamber of Commerce and Market.

Irani also claimed agri-tech will give equivalent options to people who are from agricultural households to leverage their abilities.

Besides agri tech, there is a enormous growth potential in med-tech, geo-tech, athletics-tech, and infra-tech, amongst other people, she claimed.

The minister further claimed it is critical to get to out to small and medium enterprises (SMEs), and expectations have been manufactured identified to them so that they can also be portion of the growth.

“I appeal IMC to get to out to the SMEs and share the know-how of the conventional production system so that the state witness a growth in the downstream as perfectly as in the scaled-down elements of the market,” she said.

Irani claimed there were being only two producers of N95 masks in March 2020, which has now amplified to 200.

“By transforming a COVID-19 disaster to an option, India has verified its means to innovate and increase to the problem with limited resources and time,” she included.

The govt has embarked on a journey for the Nationwide Complex Textiles Mission and is committed to ensuring that talent development in specialized textile commences with the introduction of 6 new programs, she claimed.

“One more 20 new programs for enhancement on upgradation of capabilities are at the moment underneath preparing,” she included.

IMC Chamber of Commerce and Market President Rajiv Podar claimed the domestic textiles and clothing market contributes two per cent to India’s GDP, seven per cent of market output in benefit terms and 12 per cent of the country’s export earnings.

Complex textile accounts for about thirteen per cent of India’s whole textile and clothing marketplace and contributes to .07 per cent of India’s GDP, he claimed.

There is a enormous potential to fulfil a big demand gap as the consumption of specialized textiles in India is even now only at 5-10 per cent as in opposition to 30-70 per cent in some of the sophisticated countries, Podar included.

“The domestic demand for specialized textile products is finding up. Firms in India have begun producing specialized textiles for cars, safety-related textiles this kind of as employed by troopers at significant attitudes, ballistic materials, even for health care this kind of as PPE kits,” he claimed.

He claimed the specialized textiles sector in India is believed to be rising at 12 per cent per annum.

To realize the potential of practically 20 per cent once-a-year growth in this sector, there is a require for proactive technique towards growing the current marketplace, selling usage of specialized textiles, encouraging intercontinental collaborations, and financial commitment promotions, amongst other people, he included.