The Bengal government is planning to boost export of handicrafts and provide artisans with direct access to export. The state will hold training workshops on export at the handicrafts fair. Over 3,500 artisans are likely to participate in the workshops.
The state’s micro, small and medium entrepreneurs (MSME), along with the textile department that is hosting the fair, has tied up with the Federation of Indian Exports organizations (FIEO) to train artisans. The Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee also wanted to set up a mall to showcase the handicrafts. Officials said that Bengal had exported handicrafts worth around Rs 500 crore in the last financial year. Rajiva Sinha, secretary of MSME department, said, “This year’s fair is expected to be a major success. Last year, goods worth Rs 18 crore were sold.“ “The aim is to promote ex port of handicrafts and allied products from Bengal. FIEO officials will help and train artisans. We will teach them how to start exports and the processes required along with export documentation,“ said Debdatta Nandwani, deputy director general of FIEO’s eastern zone.