International shoe fair in Agra

Agra, Oct 29 (IANS) An internationational shoe fair opens here saturday in which a large number of finished leather suppliers, component manufacturers, machinery and equipment suppliers, accessories, chemicals, packaging organisations would take part.

The Agra Footwear Manufacturers and Exporters Chamber (AFMEC) hopes to do business of Rs.600 crore during the two-day fair, according to its president, Pooran Dawar.

Agra is one of the major shoe manufacturing centres in India with an annual turnover of Rs.3,500 crore. At least 1.25 lakh people are engaged in the industry.

According to Nazir Ahmed, a leading shoe exporter of the city, Agra had a capacity of producing two lakh pairs daily, and meeting 65 percent of the country’s domestic needs.

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