In a letter to Union Finance Minister, Nirmala Sitharaman, Andhra Pradesh Chambers of Commerce and Industry Federation (AP Chambers) requested for the allotment of an Integrated Mega Textile Park for Andhra Pradesh. KVS Prakash Rao, President, AP Chambers, pointed out there is very less presence in the crucial weaving, processing and garments segments leading to heavy export of yarn that results in value migration from our state to other destinations. This also mandates the import of fabric for the apparel and garment units that are located in the state, leading to an increase in the cost of raw material due to logistics and loss of productivity.
Andhra Pradesh is ranked as one of the top five textile and clothing manufacturing states by the department of industrial policy and promotion which has released the top textile and clothing manufacturing Indian states based on ease of doing business. However, the state has not achieved much progress in terms of the value-added textile activities such as weaving units, knitting units, preparatory units, processing units, technical textiles, integrated units, which have a greater potential not only in terms of promoting value addition but also in creating large scale employment. Rao said, the state needs an integrated mega textile park in order to convert the major portion of the yarn produced in the state into fabric and garments within the state, to promote the state as a destination for global textile majors.