Minister for Handlooms and Textiles O.S. Manian reviewed the implementation of the new handloom support programme with handloom weavers and representatives of handloom associations at the Collectorate here on Tuesday.
At present, there are 3.19 lakh handloom weavers involved in weaving in the State.
About 1,139 handloom weavers cooperative society are there under which 2.44 lakh handlooms are functioning.
As many as 1,053 cotton handloom weavers’ cooperative societies and 86 silk handloom weavers’ cooperative societies are functioning in the State and 959 weavers’ cooperative societies are functioning in profit.
In 2017-18, about 790.35 lakh metre handloom clothes worth Rs. 695.50 crore were produced and materials were sold for Rs. 852.93 crore.
At a meeting held at the Collectorate, the Minister reviewed the implementation of the programme in the districts of Erode, Coimbatore, Tirupur, Salem, Namakkal and Karur and also sought the opinion from the stakeholders.