India’s handicraft exports during the April-September period of the current fiscal year grew by 60 percent to Rs 15,996, the textiles ministry said in a statement.
The ministry recently organised the 52nd edition of the IHGF-Delhi Fair – Autumn 2021 at the India Expo Centre & Mart, Greater Noida from October 29 to 31.
The ministry expects the handcraft exports to grow further over the next six months of the current fiscal year.
“It is heartening to see that at a time when the world’s largest vaccination programme is in full swing, the physical exhibition is taking place. This will provide an opportunity for exhibitors and buyers to meet in person for transacting business. The event will pave a way for bigger and better editions of the fair soon, and in the process, promote greater exports of handicrafts from India,” Union minister of commerce, industry, and textiles, Piyush Goyal, said in a statement.
Textiles secretary U P Singh added: “I applauded the handicrafts segment for contributing to an exemplary export growth of 60 percent during the first six months of 2021-22 despite difficulties and challenges faced by exporters during two years of the pandemic.”
IHGF-Delhi Fair – Autumn 2021 saw participation by more than 1,500 exhibitors and pre-registered buyers from 90 nations.