On the initiative of the Minister of State for Commerce
Shri Jairam Ramesh, it has now been decided to grant KVIC the status of a
“deemed” EPC. KVIC will now be extended assistance on the pattern available to
an umbrella EPC like the Federation of Indian Export Organisation (FIEO). KVIC’s
proposals for participation in international fairs, organizing buyer seller
meets, etc would be approved, as per MDA/MAI guidelines.
The Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC)
operates through 30 Khadi & Village Boards and over 5000 institutions in
different states. The production of the sector in Khadi ( hand-woven textiles )
was Rs.462 crore and production of Village Industries was Rs.10,460 crore in
2004-05. During 2004-05, about 76 lakh persons were employed in Khadi & Village
Industries. KVIC products include khadi, herbal products, handmade paper,
agarbatti, handicrafts, processed foods etc and these products are registered
with different export promotion councils. During 2004-05, KVIC exported goods
worth Rs. 39 crore. Exports are projected to grow to around Rs. 300 crore in the
next five years.
The Ministry of Commerce has also been promoting the
involvement of the Export Promotion Councils under the Department of Commerce in
the special projects under Swarnajayanti Gram Swarozgar Yojana (SGSY) of
Department of Rural Development. Six EPCs having the potential to create
employment for women and the weaker sections of the society have been
identified. These are – Council for Leather Exports(CLE), Shellac and Forest
Products Export Promotion Council(SHEFEXIL), Pharmaceutical Export Promotion
Council (PHARMEXIL), Cashew Export Promotion Council(CEPC), Export Promotion
Council for Handicrafts( EPCH) and Apparel Export Promotion Council ( AEPC). The
Department of Rural Development has now cleared 4 projects submitted by SHEFEXIL
with 100% Central Assistance. The 4 special projects are:-
a) Proposal for Guar cultivation in Haryana, Rajasthan,
and Gujarat. The project aims at increasing 50% guar seed production and guar
gum export in 5 years, providing income of Rs. 15,000 per beneficiary per year.
The total cost of the project is Rs. 14.50 crore.
Guar is a drought-tolerant warm weather, deep-rooted,
annual legume crop. It grows best in sandy soils and needs moderate,
intermittent rainfall with lots of sunshine. It grows well in soils of low
fertility in the arid and semi-arid areas of the tropics and sub-tropics where
rainfall is summer-dominant. India accounts for 80% of the total Guar produced
in the world and 70% is cultivated in Rajasthan. Apart from Rajasthan, it is
being grown mainly in Gujarat, Haryana and Punjab. India’s export of Guar gum
for 2005-06 was Rs.1050 crore and the target for 2006-07 is Rs.1275 crore.
b) Proposal for increasing lac cultivation in West Bengal,
Orissa, Andhra Pradesh and Chattisgarh. The project aims at increasing lac
production and shellac export by 2011, providing income of Rs.15,000 per
beneficiary per year. The total cost of the project is Rs.15.00 crore.
c) Proposal for lac cultivation in Patalkot and Chhindwara
areas of Madhya Pradesh. The project aims at increasing the lac production by
4.75 lakh kgs in India by 2011, providing income of Rs.14,500 per beneficiary
per year. The total cost of the project is Rs.3.84 crore.
Lac is the resinous secretion of a kind of almost
microscopic tiny inset popularly known as Laccifer lacca. Lac is in fact the
parent of modern plastics. Over 90% of Indian lac comes from the States of
Bihar, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Chattisgarh, West Bengal, Maharashtra and
Orissa. India’s export of lac for 2005-06 was Rs.159 crore and the target for
2006-07 is Rs.165 crore.
d) Proposal for cheronjee cultivation in Amarwara region
of Chhindwara district of Madhya Pradesh. The project aims at increasing
cheronjee production by 1000 MT in India by 2011, providing income of Rs.11,000
per beneficiary per year. The total cost of the project is Rs.10.65 lakhs.
The fruits of Buchanania lanzan are known as Achar whereas
the seeds are known as cheronjee and regarded as substitute for almonds. The
cheronjee fruits are considered as one of the delicious wild fruits. It is
frequently found in dry mixed deciduous forests of Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Madhya
Pradesh , Orissa, Maharashtra, West Bengal and Andhra Pradesh.
The proposed initiatives of SHEFEXIL will have a high
social impact. The cumulative impact will be 53,000 beneficiaries, i.e. 5300
self help groups (SHGs) across 8 states of India. The other identified five EPCs
are in the process of finalizing their project reports.