The handloom societies in Andhra Pradesh are organised as a two tier sructure with the primary societies in the village level called Primary Handloom Weavers’ Cooperative Societies (PHWCS) and the APEX Society at the State Level called A.P. State Handloom Weavers’ Cooperative Society Ltd., (APSHWCS), popularly called APCO. Since the handloom weavers were facing problems for getting inputs as well as for marketing their finished products, the creation of an APEX Society was thought of to address these twin problems by making timely availability of inputs and by providig effective marketing strategy. Further, the Government is aware that protection to the sector is required to be continued because of the pious obligation to protect the heritage of the State and support is required to be continued to offset the built-in cost handicap of the handlooms, the focus of all its policy has been to provide a level playing field so as to enable the weaver to stand up on his own and face the market in a level playing field
MANAGEMENT OF APCO
The APEX Society is managed by a Board of Management comprising of 31 Directors representing each of the 23 Districts, representative of APCO wool and seven official Directors including the Managing Director as Ex-officio Director and Vice-Chairman of the APEX organisation. The term of elected Managing Committee is of 5 years. APCO has 10 Divisional Marketing Offices in all major districts with a total supporting staff of 466 employees. 1136 Nos of Primary Weavers CO-operative Socities and Mutually Aided Weavers Co-operative Socities are affiliated to APCO supporting the backward linkage of production of Handloom Goods.
The marketing and sales activity of APCO reached a pinnacle of Rs.254.71 crores during the year 2011-12 despite severe competition from mill-made and powerloom products. The performance of APCO during the last half a decade in terms of procurement and sales activity is tabulated below.
Sri YS Jagan Mohan Reddy
Honorable Chief Minister Government of India
Sri Mekapati Goutham Reddy
Honorable Minister for Handloom and Textiles Government of Andhra Pradesh