Robust inter-ministerial coordination and cooperation is the need of the hour in paving a strong path for the development of technical textiles market in India: Smt. Darshna Jardosh

The Ministry of Textiles in collaboration with Indian Chamber of Commerce (ICC) organized the Technical Textiles Conference on 23rd August 2022 in Imphal, Manipur. The Conference was inaugurated by the Chief Guest Shri N. Biren Singh, Chief Minister of Manipur and the Guest of Honour Smt. Darshana Vikram Jardosh, Union Minister of State for Textiles and Railways and the Distinguished Guests Smt. Nemcha Kipgen Minister for Textiles, Commerce and Industry Department and Co-operation Department, Government of Manipur. The conference focused on technical sessions related to Application and Usability of Geotextiles and Agrotextiles.

The conference was participated by over 150 participants comprising of Officials and Representatives from Government of Manipur, Indian Army, Line Ministries and Departments of the Central Government, Eminent Industrialists from India and Research Associations.

Speaking on the occasion, Smt. Darshana Vikram Jardosh, Minister of State for Textiles and Railways appreciated the active inter-ministerial collaboration in driving the application and usage of technical textiles mandate in India. Robust inter-ministerial coordination and cooperation including Ministry of Textiles, Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Road Transport and Highways and Ministry of Railways, Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Ministry of Agriculture, Ministry of Chemical and Fertilizers, among others will play a crucial role in paving a strong path for the development of technical textiles market in India.

Talking about the various initiatives and schemes of  Ministry of Textiles including PLI for Textiles, PM MITRA and NTTM to transform from a traditional cotton-based textiles hub to a technical textile and MMF hub in the world,  the Minister said, “the Gati Shakti model provides that necessary impetus to States for undertaking infrastructure project with minimal approvals and permissions’’. The ease of doing business, business opportunities and investment ecosystem have grown significantly under the guidance of the Hon’ble Prime Minister of India in the last few years, she further highlighted.

Smt. Jardosh  also mentioned that from a Net-importer of PPE kits and masks to the 2nd biggest exporter, India has dramatically expanded its capabilities in medical textiles as well. From indigenous development of Carpets to Airbags to defence outfits to PPE Kits, India holds the production and export capabilities in becoming an Atma-Nirbhar nation in the segment. Another major crucial component to focus for development of technical textiles market is robust skilling and training wherein INR 400 Crores have been allocated under the NTTM scheme, she added.

She encouraged the officials of the Government of Manipur to promote the usage of geotextiles and agrotextiles’ products through their respective departments.

Speaking at the Inaugural session of the conference, Shri N. Biren Singh, Chief Minister of Manipur highlighted that the Manipur holds unique and tremendous possibilities in usage of technical textiles, particularly geotextiles, across its roads and railways, especially in the Imphal to Mao region of the state. The Geotextile technology is already in use in the railway tracks at Imphal – Jiribam Line in Manipur. He added that North-eastern states, especially Manipur, are prone to heavy rainfall throughout the year leading to flooding, landslides and soil erosion thereby creating opportunities for usage of geotextiles.

He emphasized that the Government and Industry stakeholders should prioritize on understanding the need of the state and requested officials and industrialists to visit the state for identification of unique infrastructure opportunities. Under the vision and guidance of the Hon’ble Prime Minister, the state of Manipur has changed substantially in the last five years, he further added.

The Chief Minister also requested the Central Government to establish dedicated teams to manage the development of roads along the Imphal – Jiribam region and Imphal – Dimapur region for ease in logistics and transportation in the state. He invited eminent industries to the state to capitalize on the accelerating growth in the areas of agriculture, sports, infrastructure, handicrafts.

Smt. Nemcha Kipgen Minister of Textiles, Commerce and Industry Department and Co-operation Department, Government of Manipur highlighted the importance of technical textiles in India, especially in the North-East region, which has grown significantly as one of the sunrise sectors. She said the usage of technical textiles will grow in future with application usage in Agriculture, Forestry, Railways, Horticulture, Roadways, among others.

It is high time to promote technical textiles widely in construction projects in improving the quality of infrastructure segments, especially geotextiles. Geotextiles can be instrumental for the betterment of economic life of Manipur as well as other North-Eastern States, She added.

Shri Giridhar Aramane, Secretary, Ministry of Road Transport and Highways said that the Government has been consistently creating 30-40 Kms of road in the last 3 years which has provided ample opportunities for the usage of geotextiles. With the usage of geotextiles, roads are constructed quickly, optimally, and qualitatively. .Usage of Geotextiles to increase the life of pavements by 30-50 years, he added.

Shri Armane stated that on 14th December 2020, the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways brought out a circular emphasizing on the use of technology in construction of roads, with a dedicated section on use of geosynthetic products for construction of National Highways and other structures. Various codes and standards have been developed for utilization of different geotextiles for road development, embankment, etc., he highlighted.

Geotextile Products which are used in the Ministry projects include Woven and Non-woven geotextiles, Biaxial and Multiaxial Geogrids, Geocells, Geonets and Geocomposites, etc for reinforcement for pavements, stress-relief for slopes, barriers, separation, filtration, drainage, protection and stabilization. Most of the Geotextile products are manufactured in India, he further added.

Ministry of Road Transport and Highways are also conducting various studies related to Geosynthetics, Geogrids, Geonets, Natural fibres etc. with premier institutes of India including IIT Hyderabad and IIT Chennai. Industry, Academia and Government should work together in widening the utilization of Geotextiles in India. He suggested that a  collaborative event between Ministry of Textiles and Ministry of Road Transport and Highways may be envisioned wherein Manufacturers and Contractors can come together to address the existing challenges.

There was a   presentation on  the components of the National Technical Textiles Mission (NTTM) scheme by Shri Rajeev Saxena, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Textiles. He emphasized on the four components of the scheme including Research, Development and Innovation; Skilling, Training and Education; Promotion and Market Development; and Export Promotion.

Various initiatives have been undertaken under the scheme including sanctioning 31 research projects worth INR 108 Crores in the areas of Specialty fibres and Geotextiles; developing 31 new HSN codes dedicated to technical textile products; and developing 500+ standards in collaboration with BIS, among others.



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Amid robust wheat prices, Don Agro International upgraded the winter wheat class of its harvest that commands up to USD5 more per tonne

Don Agro International Limited (the “Company” or “Don Agro”) and its subsidiaries (collectively the “Group”), one of the largest agricultural companies based in the Rostov region of Russia, is pleased to announce that it has upgraded the winter wheat class of its harvest to third class, commanding up to USD5 more per tonne.

With the completion of harvesting works for this year, the Company has harvested 72,300 tonnes of winter wheat as of November 2021, driven by land bank acquisitions and the implementation of innovative technologies.

The upgrade in the Company’s winter wheat class to third class is due to the increase in the content of protein from approximately 12.5% to 13.5%. Not only does the third class of wheat command an increased pricing of USD1.5 to USD5 as compared to the fourth class, the price of the third class of winter wheat reached USD313 per tonne at the end of November 2021 based on the Chicago Board of Trade, representing a 50% year-on-year increase from its price in November 2020. The last time prices of winter wheat were that high was in January 2013.

“The increase in the yield and quality of our products is the result of the consistent development and progress of the Company, which is achieved due to several factors. The first is the renewal of the vehicle fleet as we buy the most modern and productive machines every year. The second, of course, investments in the soil itself – we increase its fertility by applying organic and mineral fertilizers. The third is quality control, for which we also use quadcopters. Fourth, with the introduction of new technologies, we constantly experiment with improving the quality and ultimately the profitability of our operations. Wheat prices have reached an all-time high since January 2013, and therefore we are confident in the future of the Company”, commented Mr. Marat Devlet-Kildeyev, Chief Executive Officer of Don Agro International.

Another direction of the Company’s development is the reduction of environmental impact. Don Agro increases the amount of land on which no-till technology is applied annually and there is more than 7,000 hectares of such land currently. The method effectively eliminates any mechanical impact on the soil, which, among other things, reduces emissions into the atmosphere. The Company plans to expand the no-till area to 8,000 hectares in 2022.

About Don Agro International Limited

Don Agro is one of the largest agricultural companies in the Rostov region in Russia principally engaged in the cultivation of agricultural crops and production of raw milk. The Group is also engaged in crop production in the Volgograd region in Russia. The Group has a total controlled land bank of 67,340 hectares, of which more than 54,420 hectares are arable land. The Group owns approximately 17,200 hectares of its controlled land bank.

The Group’s operations are principally located in the Rostov region, one of the most fertile regions of Russia, situated close to the Azov and Black Seas and the Don River which house major international ports. The Group’s second operating division in the Volgograd region is located in close proximity to key trading routes including the Volga River. This allows the Group’s customers, who are mainly traders and exporters, to save on transportation costs and, as a result, be able to offer higher prices for the Group’s crops. Within the crop production segment, the Group is primarily engaged in the farming of commercial crops such as winter wheat, sunflower, and corn.

In addition, the Group is the largest milk producer in the Rostov region and owns more than 4,000 heads of dairy cattle which includes approximately 2,200 milking cows.

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Don Agro International Limited (the “Company”) was listed on Catalist of the Singapore Exchange Securities Trading Limited (the “Exchange”) on 14 February 2020. The initial public offering of the Company was sponsored by PrimePartners Corporate Finance Pte. Ltd. (the “Sponsor”).

This press release has been reviewed by the Company’s Sponsor. It has not been examined or approved by the Exchange and the Exchange assumes no responsibility for the contents of this document, including the correctness of any of the statements or opinions made or reports contained in this document.

The contact person for the Sponsor is Mr Joseph Au, 16 Collyer Quay, #10-00 Income at Raffles, Singapore 049318,

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