Chief minister Devendra Fadnavis Sunday said more textile hubs will have to be set up across the state and Vidarbha made its epicentre to ensure 100 per cent procurement and processing of cotton.
“At present, only 25 per cent of the cotton produced is being processed. There is huge potential for textile growth as 75 per cent of the cotton available remains untapped and under-utilised in industrial sectors,” he said after performing a bhoomipujan for a textile park and inaugurating a spinning plant of GIMATex at Hinghanghat in Nagpur district on Sunday.
Fadnavis said that he has also put across a proposal regarding the same to the Centre.
While acknowledging the urgency to evolve a mechanism for the growth of the textile industry, he said, “Not long ago, cotton — a cash crop — was always known as white gold and Vidarbha — the biggest cotton-producing region in the country — has brought social and economic prosperity to farmers.”
However, he lamented, “The last couple of decades saw the white gold losing its shine because of wrong farm policies and lack of irrigation potential driving farmers to crisis.”
Reiterating the government’s resolve to make Vidarbha and Marathwada free of farmer suicides, the chief minister said, “We want to make Amravati the international textile centre and the adjoining districts in Vidarbha will have many textile and spinning centres. Every unit will pave way for ally and ancillary operations providing new avenues of work to local youths.”
To translate the government’s commitment” of “farm to fashion” through public-private investments, he said the government’s objective is to bring social security and economic prosperity to the farmers in the region. He also emphasised on the partnership between farmers and industries with the use of technology and research to facilitate optimum benefits.
Along with textile hubs, the government will also provide locals expertise in skill development which will help the textile industries, he assured.
The textile centres and its related units are earmarked across Yavatmal, Amravati, Chikli (Buldhana), Jamner (Jalgaon), Kannad (Aurangabad), Selu (Parbhani), Bhaler (Nandurbar), Malegaon (Nashik), Kunnor (Nanded), Mazalgaon (Beed).