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Rs 2-cr textile lab set up at Guntur

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GUNTUR, June 21

INDIAN textile mills as well as the spinning and ginning units should upgrade their technology to meet the exacting quality standards of the international market and to enhance the country's share in the trade, Mr V. Dhananjaya Kumar, Union Minister of State for Textiles, has said.

He was speaking at a seminar on 'Quality and compliance - route to global competitiveness' organised by the Union Textiles Ministry and the Andhra Pradesh Cotton Association (APCOT) here on Friday.

The Minister said the Union Government had set up a fund for the purpose and the entrepreneurs in the sector should make use of it. He said the use of chemical pesticides in cotton farming should also be considerably reduced and the emphasis should be integrated pest management.

The Minister earlier inaugurated a Rs 2-crore textile laboratory set up for the benefit of farmers and entrepreneurs.

Mr. G Punnaiah Chowdary, President of APCOT, said the equipment had been imported from Switzerland. He urged the Union Government to help the small ginning and spinning mills as they were facing many challenges in the changed scenario.

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