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Khadi And Village Industries In Globalized India

India is still an agrarian economy even today. As a majority of the people in India live in villages, their livelihood not only comes from agriculture, but also from the Khadi and the village industries. According to the 2011 Census, India has a population of 83.3 crore and there are about 6, 38,588 villages in India today. The relevance of Khadi industries in globalized India Khadi and village industries are the national heritages of the country. The most important aspect of these industries is that they create employment for many people across the country at a very low per capita investment. The Khadi and village industries not only provide people employment, but also help channelize the energies of the people in the villages towards helping build the economy of the nation. Not only do the Khadi and the village industries represent ethnic patterns, but also produce ethical patterns. The Khadi products have a strong clientele among the middle and the high income earning groups of the country. How Khadi industries can help people If people continue to depend on machinery manufactured products, then one day will come when they shall become incapacitated. People would have forgotten the use of live machinery that has been provided by God himself. Not only do the Khadi and village industries open up the doors of opportunity to people, but they also enable the absorption of surplus labour into the industry so that they can have the opportunity to work too along with those who are seasonally unemployed. If more Khadi and village industries are revived, then more youngsters will have the opportunity to work. These industries will change the face of rural India and convert it into a developed economy that will protect the interests of those, who still work manually or without... read more

Why is it preferable To Set up Industries in Villages?

India is a country of villages. About three-fourth of India’s population are living in rural areas. A great share of economy still depends on rural areas and their contributions, as agriculture, etc. Apart from agriculture, industries too are being set up in villages at a rapid pace – which is also contributing in the growth of the nation. Industries constitute an important segment of the economy. The Village and Small Industries have played a vital role in the development of the Indian economy and still there is scope for increase in production and productivity in this sector. There is more than one reason to pursue setting up industries in villages. 1. Affordable resources Villages are rich in resources and it is easy to locate affordable land for your industry. The transportation cost is also minimal in villages. Also, rural industrialization ensures balanced development by avoiding excessive concentration of industries in the cities. 2. Affordable labor cost People in the villages are usually poor or unemployed. Hence it is easy to find affordable labor to work for you in the industries. You will also benefit the nation’s economy by lowering the level of unemployment. Also, the villagers are local people will have another way of earning income besides their normal farm jobs.  3. Raw material availability Rural entrepreneurs play a vital role in the overall economic development of the country. In villages, entrepreneurs have access to locally available quality raw materials. Rural places have tremendous untapped resources and are an untapped market for new products.  4. Government encouragement The Government usually supports and encourages entrepreneurs who wish to set up industries in the villages. Government of India has been continuously assigning increasing importance and support for the promotion and growth of rural entrepreneurship. The scope for improvement and growth for an industry within the rural areas is... read more

What Village Industries Majorly Require?

Village industries run in rural areas without any huge financial investment. These industries usually run without the use of power and produce small goods or services. As village industries contribute greatly to the employment of villagers, there are efforts required to support such industries that act as another productive arm of our economy. Thus, it is critical to understand what these industries actually require to be efficient and contributory. Here are a few key aspects on which village industries need help. Support to village industry entrepreneurs Those entrepreneurs who wish to start village industries usually need guidance and training support. They need to learn to install and run such an industry for producing specific goods. For new entrepreneurs, it is highly important to learn the intricacies of operating a complete industry in a rural setup. They require understanding of the financial and operational aspects in a thorough manner to manage costs, taxes and insurance. If one is weak at analyzing quantitative data, they can hire expert statisticians to make their work easier. Else, they will not be able to run their industry profitably. Marketing and promotion This is another major aspect on which village industries need support. It is not sufficient to produce good-quality goods or services. It is also important to market and promote these products in the right way so higher sales may be achieved. Rural industrialists are mostly unaware of the ways through which they may reach their target markets and sell products on higher profits. Thus, there is support required from various agencies for such industrialists. Skills training to workers Village industries employ villagers or farmers who do not know the right way to perform other tasks in a specific type of industry. For example, they may not know how to spin in a spinning industry. It is necessary to train these workers on common tasks that village industries do. This helps them in procuring short-term employment in village industries and also helps industries in getting skilled... read more

Supporting Rural Empowerment with Village Industries

Unique to India is village industries – a source of much rich cultural effects and development. With the modern trend toward development, it is increasingly essential to encourage farmers to continue on with their primary occupation while also providing them options for income during non-agricultural seasons. Many farmers and their families are extremely skilled, and the products they manufacture are widely accepted. Providing a platform for these rurally manufactured goods is one way in which to encourage village industries. With billions of people to be reached with these products, farmers can maintain the delicate balance between their primary work as well as improving their quality of life. Village Industries aims at marketing these products so as to contribute towards farmers, as well as the cultural development of... read more