Andhra Pradesh will soon become a center for toy exports, Minister for Industry says

Industry and IT Minister Gudivada Amarnath said Andhra Pradesh will soon become a center for toy export.

The minister on Friday launched a global e-commerce portal at Pals Plush India Private Limited in Green City, Gajuwaka, for exporting the toys they make to cities in the US such as New York, Florida and San Francisco.

On that occasion, Mr. Amarnath said that during his recent tour of Sri City, he understood the economic importance of the toy market in India. Annual toy sales in the country totaled about ₹8,000 crore. China was the world leader in toy sales. He said there are plans to make Andhra Pradesh a center for toy exports.

The minister expressed optimism that the establishment of a toy park in Andhra Pradesh could provide jobs for over 30,000 people. Proposals for establishing a toy park in the state had been received and steps would be taken after discussing the matter with Prime Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy, he said.

Ajay Sinha, President of Pals Plush India, said that he has been associated with the toy industry for 30 years in various companies in India and abroad. He said his company exported toys to Taiwan, South Korea and other countries between 1997 and 2000. The company opened a toy manufacturing plant in Sri City near Tirupati in 2011 and 2012. He said the company will expand its existing operations in Visakhapatnam city. He said they were seeking government support in this regard.

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