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Sericulture to create 9.24mn jobs in India by 2016-17: CSB
Nov '13
The Central Silk Board (CSB) of India has announced that sericulture and silk production activities have the capacity to generate employment for 9.24 million people in the country by 2016-17.
According to a statement issued by CSB, the board’s chairman N S Bisse Gowda said direct and indirect employment generation through sericulture and silk production activities would be 9.24 million by the terminal year of the 12th plan period 2016-17 of the country, reports Economic Times quoting PTI.
Employment generation in the country through sericulture and silk industry has increased from 6 million to 7.5 million during 11th plan period, he added.
According to the CSB, the country produced 23,679 tons of raw silk, including 18,715 tons of Mulberry, 1,729 tons of Tasar, 3,116 tons of Eri and 129 tons of Muga varieties of silk in 2012-13, the first year of the 12th plan period.
India has registered an increase of 25 percent in silk production during the 11th plan period, as compared to the 10th plan period, as per CSB statistics.
According to the silk board's statement, the Government of India has set a target of 32,000 tons of raw silk production, which includes production of 5,000 tons of superior quality of bivoltine raw silk, 6,000 tons of improved gradable cross-breed Mulberry silk, and 9,000 tons of Vanya silk for the 12th plan period, and the focus would be on producing import substitute quality of raw silk.
The demand for superior quality of bivoltine silk has be continuously rising in the country for domestic consumption, as well as for manufacturing of value-added silk goods, and by the end of 2020, India would achieve self-sufficiency in quality raw silk production, the CSB statement added.

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