IHGF Delhi Fair Autumn 2019 at India Expo Mart concludes with business enquiries worth Rs 3750 crores

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GREATER NOIDA – OCT 20 2019:  The 48th edition of IHGF DELHI FAIR AUTUMN 2019 concluded today at India Expo Centre & Mart, Greater Noida contributing significantly both to the exports of handicrafts as well as the promotion of crafts clusters  across India.

This edition of the IHGF-Delhi Fair tagline was Reduce, Reuse and Recycle –An initiative to Breathe life into junk. Shri Rakesh Kumar, Director General-EPCH said that the various installations were created by using Waste materials such as  metal from Moradabad, wood from Jodhpur, glass from Firozabad, handloom from Panipat and Jaipur and ceramics from Khurja. Secondary materials being automobile and plastic scraps from Mayapuri and Bahadurganj and non-hazardous e-waste from Delhi were also used. Besides above, the Council banned plastic bottled water and offered the metal water bottles to the visitors and exhibitors.

Buyers from various countries appreciated the efforts of EPCH for taking initiative in the direction of sustainability and also opined that IHGF-Delhi fair is growing year after year and keeps on not only bringing new products on display but also taking new initiatives. 

India Expo Centre & Mart remained action packed for five days with over 3200 Indian handicrafts exporters from all across the country displaying selections of over 2000 + products and more than 300 trend specific design developments, 14 display segments of home, lifestyle, fashion, furniture and textiles spread out in an area of 1,97,000 sq. mtrs. informed Shri Ravi K. Passi, Chairman – EPCH.

The other highlights of five days extravaganza were knowledge seminars, fashion shows, theme pavilions from North East, Narsapur and Mana Village at Indo-China border for the first time and distribution of Ajay Shankar and P N. Suri Memorial awards to best design and display stands of the exhibitors.

Ministry of Textiles, Govt. of India have given special focus on handicrafts of Jammu & Kashmir and a theme on J&K was also set up.

Overseas buyers and their representatives participation from 110 countries increased from 6596 last year to 7312 this year supported by over 2000 domestic volume buyers.  The fair generated business enquiries to the tune of Rs. 3750 crores this year representing an increase over last year.

Shri Ravi K. Passi, Chairman – EPCH said that the buyers visited maximum from USA (973 ), Germany ( 315), UK (337 ), Australia (345), France ( 297), Japan (208 ) and China ( 174), Russia [ 31].   This year new buyers also visited from Libya, Madagascar and Moldova. 

Various dignitaries such as Shri Gajendra Singh Shekhawat, Hon’ble Union Minister of Jal Shakti, Shri Anurag Thakur, Minister of State for Finance & Corporate Affairs, Shri Chaudhary Udaybhan Singh, Minister of State for Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises, Khadi & Grammoudyog and Export Promotion, Govt. Of UP, Shri Ajay Tamta, former Minister of State for Textiles,  Shri Ravi Capoor, Secretary [ Textiles], Ministry of Textiles, Shri Vijoy Kumar Singh, IAS, Addl. Secretary & Financial Advisor, Ministry of Textiles,  Shri Shantmanu,IAS  Development Commissioner [ Handicrafts], Shri Suresh Jain, Chancellor, Tirthankar  Mahaveer University, Moradabad and various other Government officials visited the show.

The visitors profile to the show included overseas buyers from across the globe, wholesalers, distributors, chain stores, departmental stores, retailers, mail order companies, brand owners, buying houses and designers and trend forecasters.

The exhibitors who had opted for Retail sale during the show  said that the initiatives, taken by EPCH for inviting e-commerce and  online  companies to source from the IHGF-Delhi Fair are showing good results.  One of the exhibitors Mr. Naved Ur Rehman from Zed Sons Company, Moradabad said  that  buyers of  these categories  from America, Europe and other countries are placing orders directly from India to sell through their e-portals and online platforms.

Shri Kumar, DG  – EPCH informed that the reason behind visit of large number of buyers at 48th edition of IHGF Delhi fair Autumn 2019  from various countries is that EPCH  has undertaken extensive promotion and publicity campaign all across the globe through advertisements in International magazines, online portals, out door media and road shows at various International shows.

The Handicrafts exports during the year 2018-19 was Rs. 26,590.25 crores.  However, the exports of handicrafts during 6 months i.e. April-Sept., 2019-20 is  Rs. 12,543.07 crores registering a growth of  2.11% over the same period last year informed Shri Kumar, DG – EPCH.  The next edition of  IHGF-Delhi fair Spring will be held from 15 – 19 April, 2020.

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