A meeting of export stakeholders was held here under the aegis of the Director General of Foreign Trade for the development of the districts as export hubs in Hosur on Friday.
Chairing the meeting, Collector V. Jayachandra Bhanu Reddy said, “The genesis of the meeting stems from Krishnagiri being identified as one of the first 75 districts to be developed as a district export hub.”
Tamil Nadu ranks third in terms of inbound remittances and Krishnagiri contributed 16% of Tamil Nadu’s inbound remittances, he said.
As a prelude to the identification of Krishnagiri for promotion as the export center of the district, a district export promotion committee has been formed to formulate the export promotion policy of the district in consultation with stakeholders including MSMEs, industry, DGFT and Department of Industries. The administration and government were ready to meet the demand with the acquisition of 6,000 acres for industrial purposes, the collector said.
Speaking on state-level initiatives to promote exports, Jagadeesh, Additional Director of MSME Department, said that with DGFT’s motto of promoting “one district, one product”, 10 districts in Tamil Nadu have been identified by the state government.
Out of the 750 districts in the country, 200 districts are to be covered in Phase I as part of the Union Government’s plan for every district to contribute to the export market. In this, Madurai, Ambur, Pollachi, Coimbatore, Karur, Thootukudi, Kancheepuram, Chennai, Tiruppur and Hosur are identified, with a relevant department corresponding to the existing industry facilitating the promotion of exports from the district.
According to him, Tamil Nadu contributed 8.97% of the export market in 2020-21 and Hosur alone contributed 15% to 16% through its floriculture, automobile and granite industry. , which in turn accounted for 70% of the state contribution.
Additional Commissioner for Industries and Traders Grace Lalrindiki Pachuau said Hosur was one of four regions which included Tiruchi, Theni and Chennai which were selected for Tamil Nadu in the first phase of development of district export hubs. Mango pulp, granites and cut flowers have been identified.
CH Nadiger, Regional Director, Engineering Export Promotion Council of India, Southern Region, said that Hosur, despite being ranked third after Chennai and Coimbatore in terms of exporting industries, in absolute numbers, the city had very few exporters. For its part, the EEPC was willing to provide assistance through seminars and training programs for entrepreneurs, Nadiger said.
B. Senthilnathan, Vice President of Hosur Industries Association, cited the urgent need for freight transport from Hosur; a plan for a food processing park considering the agro industries in Krishnagiri and the need to revise the interest subsidy to assist small scale industry.
K. Velmurugan, president of the Hosur Small and Tiny Industries Association, pointed to the lack of low-cost housing for workers to deal with attrition and underscored how the industry was blindsided by sudden changes in regimes tax.
A. Chellakumar, MP intervened and said that the freight movement would soon materialize from Hosur. He previously highlighted the challenges faced by cut flower exporters with China’s import of plastic flowers.