EPCH organize a seminar at Port Blair on 30th Jan


Port Blair, Jan 31: Export Promotion Council for Handicrafts (EPCH) with support of office of Development Commissioner (Handicrafts) in association with Andaman Chamber of Commerce & Industry organized a seminar at Port Blair on 30th January, 2018 (Tuesday) for “Promotion of Exports of Handicrafts from Andaman & Nicobar Islands”. Handicrafts of Andaman and Nicobar Islands has vast potential in the world market. Wood and other forest products are available here in abundance. Paudauk, Badam and Gurjan are the main varieties of useful timbers found on these islands Canes and bamboo are also available in large amounts. Other natural resources is the marine life. It includes coral, shells, driftwood and seaweeds, Trancs, tortoise and turbos are the main types of the shells. The main handicrafts of Andaman and Nicobar are created from these raw material. They include exotic wood crafts, ornaments from sea-shell and palm mats. However, the crafts which are predominant in the Andaman group of Islands are different from the specialized crafts of the Nicobar group of islands like, wood work, cane and bamboo shell craft, wood work, basketry and mat making and cross bows.
The Seminar was inaugurated by Mrs. Rashmi Singh, Secretary, Secretary (Genl. Admn/Social Welfare) in presence of Mrs. Poonam Arora, Chairperson, Social Welfare Board, Andaman & Nicobar Island, Shri O. P. Prahladka, Chairman-EPCH, Mr. Rakesh Kumar, Executive Director EPCH, Mr Grish Arora, President, Andaman Chamber of Commerce & Industry, Port Blair, alongwith other dignitaries. During Seminar, a mini display of local craft persons were also arranged. The object of such display and seminar is to provide linkage of artisans with exporters from different city of India such as Delhi Jodhpur, Jaipur Kolkata, Bangalore, Mumbai etc.
Mr. Rakesh Kumar, Executive Director-EPCH speaking on the occasion informed the participants that such interaction with the craft persons will create an opportunity to market the crafts of Andaman Nicobar Islands. A team of around 25 leading member exporters of handicrafts directly interacted with primary producers to identify potential crafts.
The seminar focused on understanding the present status of the crafts that are being practiced in this region and their potential for Indian as well as export market by giving value addition and inputs to the entrepreneurs. Inaugural Session was followed by Technical presentations and interactive sessions mainly based on three basic fundamentals “Export What, Where & How ?”
Mr. Kumar speaking on the occasion said that EPCH has been working in close coordination with Development Commissioner Handicrafts, Ministry of Textiles, Govt. of India to encourage local entrepreneurs and artisans in various craft clusters on pan India basis by giving value addition in their existing items, by introducing new handicrafts product range and using the locally available resources/raw materials which enables them to market their products according to the requirement and lifestyle of buyers in national and international markets.
The Chairman-EPCH Mr. O. P. Prahaldka emphasized communication about the craft and quality consciousness to market the products to buyer. He informed EPCH established in 1986-87 as an apex body of handicrafts exporters for promotion of exports of Handicrafts from country. Today, the Council is having more than 11000 registered exporters spread all over the country with exports to the tune of Rs.24,392 crores during 2016-17.
Mrs. Rashmi Singh, Secretary expressed her satisfaction about the design support provided to the women artisans in developing craft of coconut shell, coir and cane and bamboo. Dr. Poonam Arora, Chairperson, Social Welfare Board explained the work done by the SWB along with the Industries Department in development of Coconut Handicrafts and imparting advance skill in developing coconut shell handicraft to more than 47 artisans and also informed that similar skill development under Beti Bacho Beti Padhao will be undertaken in the Nicobar Group of Islands in collaboration with the District Administration where 400 girls will be trained in coconut and other handicrafts alongwith training in SPA and wellness. Mr Girish Arora, President Andaman Chamber of Commerce and Industry said that the Chamber appreciated the efforts of EPCH to conduct the seminar and requested the various leading exporters who attended the seminar to help and guide the local artisans to develop their products and make them export worthy. The President also said that the Chamber is ready to extend all infrastructure support to the entrepreneur of Andaman and Nicobar. Mr. Sudhir Tyagi, Past Chairman-EPCH was present on the occasion alongwith Mr Ravi K Passi, Vice-Chairman-EPCH. Mr. Abhijit Agarwal, Executive Member of ACCI gave presentation on Export Management, Product Selection and Designing Marketing. While Mr. K. Kumaravel, Assistant Director (Handicrafts) gave an introduction about Craft Clusters and Crafts performed by the artisans of these Islands.
Mr. Rakesh Kumar, Executive Director-EPCH invited Chamber, NGOs, SHGs to visit forthcoming IHGF Delhi Fair Spring’2018 to be held from 23-27 February’2018 at India Expo Centre, New Delhi Greater Noida Expressway for exposure to the artisans about craft made for international market.

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