The market size of technical textiles in India was estimated at US$ 8.3 billion (INR 398.76 billion) in 2007–08. The textiles segment, comprising cotton, wool, silk, manmade and jute textiles and textile products, has grown by 7.5 per cent between April and November 2009, as compared with one per cent in the same period in 2008.
India is the second-largest producer of silk in the world also it is the seventh-largest producer of wool and contributes 1.8 per cent to the total wool production in the world. Also, India has the largest area under cotton cultivation—9 million hectares—constituting 25 per cent of the world’s total cultivation area. India is the second-largest producer of silk in the world.
The textiles and apparel industry can be broadly divided into two segments, yarn & fibre (including natural and manmade fibre and yarn) and processed fabrics (including woollen textiles, silk textiles, jute textiles, cotton textiles and technical textiles), readymade garments (RMGs) and apparel.
In terms of production, textile products registered high growth of 9.9 per cent between April and November 2009, while cotton textiles registered a 3.2 per cent growth during the same period. The production of textile fabrics has increased by 10.7 per cent between April and November 2009, with the hosiery segment registering the highest growth of 12.8 per cent during this period.
Furthermore, the foreign direct investment (FDI) of up to 100 per cent is allowed in the textiles sector through the automatic route. The Ministry of Textiles has set up an FDI cell at the Economic Division to attract FDI in the sector.Sectoral Presentation (November 2010)
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