Bihar has huge potential under the ODOP programme to contribute to India’s rising exports - Shri Piyush Goyal
Mr. Piyush Goyal, Minister of Commerce and Industry, Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution, and Textiles has stated that the state of Bihar has enormous potential to contribute to India's expanding exports through the One District-One Product (ODOP) programme. He said that Bihar's GDP is rapidly rising and that the state has made rapid progress in the health and education sectors. “You have identified products for exports in each district, be it Bhagalpur silk, pharmaceuticals from Sivan, bamboo products from Samastipur or the ‘Shahi Litchi’ and ‘Lahti’ fruits of Muzaffarpur, all of these products are famous worldwide,” He said while addressing the Bihar Utsav celebrations at the Dilli Haat last night to mark the Bihar Diwas, the 110th year of establishment of the State.
He said that the cooperative sector should be reinforced and Farmer Producer Organizations (FPOs) should be enabled to improve production because Bihar is a region of enormous opportunities. He believed that the New Education Policy would provide adolescents with vocational training so that they could contribute to the state's development. “In recent times, an entrepreneur from the state, Mr Praveen Chauhan, has extracted natural dyes from the flowers of Bodhgaya temple. Today, his dyes are being used in fashion textiles even as far as in Japan,” he said. He also stated that Prime Minister Mr Narendra Modi has moved beyond the 'Look East' policy to the 'Act East' policy, which encompasses Bihar, Jharkhand, and West Bengal, as well as the eight states of the North-Eastern Region.
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