AP state govt to set up textile Park at Banavasi creates hope for weavers

YarnsandFibers News Bureau 2015-02-27 14:00:00 – Andhra Pradesh

Adoni and Yemmiganur towns of Andhra Pradesh have a long history of textile trade and manufacturing. The place is considered appropriate for the concept of fibre to fabric by virtue of the area being the major cotton producing zone, a major cotton trading market at Adoni and inhabitation by over 5,000 weaver families.

The government has issued an order earmarking 100 acres from the Banavasi Veterinary farm for establishing new textile park at Banavasi, as picturesque location between Adoni and Yemmiganur in Kurnool district, cheered the local people.

As nearly 5,000-weaver families are without work since the closure of spinning mill at Yemmiganur and local handloom society. The leading cause of crisis in handloom sector was failure of the stakeholders to change in tune with the changing circumstances. Despite the two towns being the repository of a large pool of skilled weavers, the industry shifted elsewhere in the last three decades.

The government has planned to create infrastructure suitable for textile industry on 100 acres in the first phase and 200 acres in the next phase attracting an investment of Rs 1,000 crore in both phases. The park will include ginning, yarn making, fabric making and apparel manufacturing too. According to the vision, fibre will be taken inside the park, ready to wear clothes will be brought out.

The industry is likely to provide direct and indirect employment to 10,000 families in two towns. The cultivation of medium length staple cotton is also likely to increase from the present two lakh hectares in Kurnool district besides having a positive impact on the neighbouring districts.

According to Yemmiganur MLA B. Jayanageswara Reddy, long-cherished dream of helping the starving weavers would be fulfilled at last. The project would impact positively the lives of all sections like transport, farmers, finance etc.

P. Satyanarayana Rao, Assistant Director of Handlooms and Textiles said that the location chosen to set up textile park was quite natural. The department is now waiting for the details of the project from the government.

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