APCO to buy unsold handloom products
The Andhra Pradesh State Handloom Weavers Cooperative Society Limited (APCO) has began buying unsold handloom products from the 50 weavers’ cooperative societies in East Godavari district.
By May-end, handloom products value above ₹12 crore remained unsold within the district.
On Friday, the APCO issued an order to buy 6,000 blankets from the 2 cooperative societies at Addampalli and Hasanbada within the Ramachandrapuram Assembly phase.
Chief Minister Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy directed APCO chairman Chillapalli Mohan Rao to come to the rescue of the cooperative societies by buying the handloom products which have been saved for months within the societies.
The Chief Minister has directed APCO to buy the unsold products after he was briefed by Backward Classes Welfare Minister Ch. Venu Gopala Krishna on the pathetic situation of weavers and the repercussions on their lives as weaving got here to a standstill within the district.
Last week, Mr. Venu Gopala Krishna inspected the cooperative societies in Ramachandrapuram Assembly constituency, the place shares value ₹1.3 crore remained unsold, forcing the weavers to earn a livelihood from doing different works.
On Friday, Mr. Venu Gopala Krishna and Mr. Mohana Rao visited the cooperative societies at Addampalli and Hasanabad in Ramachandrapuram rural and promised to buy almost 13,000 blankets from the societies.
“The visit to the weavers is to offer an assurance of purchasing their handloom products. By mid-June, the entire stock worth ₹12 crore will be purchased by APCO in East Godavari district. The blanket is the major product being woven in the district,” Mr. Venu Gopala Krishna mentioned.
Mr. Mohana Rao mentioned that the acquisition of the blankets has been delayed as welfare hostels remained closed due to COVID-19.