Mumbai: Union Textiles Minister Smriti Irani on Wednesday reported the agri-tech sector gives the technical textiles field a huge possibility to lover with the government as effectively as the agrarian group and leverage their abilities. “I sense that agri tech is a single large spot where by the field can lover not only with the government, but also citizens in the agrarian section of our economic system. My hope is that given the agricultural expanse of our economic system, the chamber (IMC Chamber of Commerce and Market) will support in dialogue on challenges relating to agri-tech,” the minister reported.

She was addressing an inaugural session at the digital conference on ‘Technical Textile – The Foreseeable future of Indian Textile Industry’ organised by IMC Chamber of Commerce and Market.

Irani also reported agri-tech will give equal options to those people who are from agricultural people to leverage their abilities.

Aside from agri tech, there is a huge progress possible in med-tech, geo-tech, sports-tech, and infra-tech, amongst many others, she reported.

The minister further reported it is important to access out to compact and medium enterprises (SMEs), and requirements have been manufactured acknowledged to them so that they can also be section of the progress.

“I attraction IMC to access out to the SMEs and share the know-how of the conventional manufacturing procedure so that the state witness a progress in the downstream as effectively as in the more compact factors of the field,” she mentioned.

Irani reported there were being only two producers of N95 masks in March 2020, which has now increased to 200.

“By transforming a COVID-19 disaster to an possibility, India has proven its potential to innovate and rise to the challenge with restricted resources and time,” she included.

The government has embarked on a journey for the Countrywide Specialized Textiles Mission and is committed to making sure that ability development in technical textile commences with the introduction of 6 new programs, she reported.

“One more twenty new programs for improvement on upgradation of capabilities are currently below preparing,” she included.

IMC Chamber of Commerce and Market President Rajiv Podar reported the domestic textiles and attire field contributes 2 per cent to India’s GDP, 7 per cent of field output in value terms and 12 per cent of the country’s export earnings.

Specialized textile accounts for about 13 per cent of India’s complete textile and attire current market and contributes to .07 per cent of India’s GDP, he reported.

There is a huge possible to fulfil a large demand from customers gap as the usage of technical textiles in India is nonetheless only at five-10 per cent as in opposition to 30-70 per cent in some of the superior countries, Podar included.

“The domestic demand from customers for technical textile solutions is picking up. Organizations in India have begun producing technical textiles for vehicles, safety-relevant textiles these types of as applied by troopers at higher attitudes, ballistic fabrics, even for healthcare these types of as PPE kits,” he reported.

He reported the technical textiles sector in India is approximated to be rising at 12 per cent per annum.

To obtain the possible of practically twenty per cent annual progress in this sector, there is a have to have for proactive method in the direction of expanding the current current market, advertising and marketing usage of technical textiles, encouraging worldwide collaborations, and investment promotions, amongst many others, he included.