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Give Chinese silk sector run for its money – Textile Minister
Aug '09
The Union Textile Minister, Mr Dayanidhi Maran while commissioning of an eri-spun silk spinning mill in Assam, said that India must exploit its premier position in production of Vanya Silks to give the Chinese silk industry a run for its money.

Vanya is a common brand name for silk varieties like tasar, eri and muga, which are also non-mulberry silks. Over 95 percent of the eri silk production comes from the Northeast region and is like a household industry in the region.

Mr Maran said, "We must exploit our position in the production of Vanya varieties of silk and it will be our endeavour to focus attention on achieving higher production of these silk varieties".

Describing the properties of eri-silk he said, "It has excellent thermal properties and it can also be promoted as 'Ahimsa Silk' as the live pupa is first taken out and then the cocoon shell is used for producing spun yarn".

He said technological innovation is needed in the development of eri-silk which will help to deliver more innovative products as well as make them competitive in the national and international markets.

Traditionally eri-silk yarn is spun on hand spinning devices, or what is called the 'Charkha', but the Central Silk Board has conducted trails to produce eri-silk yarn on mechanized machines which have shown encouraging results.

The mill which has been set up at a cost of Rs 30 million is the first of its kind in the North-East region of India and has 840 spindles and a capacity to produce 30,000 kgs of eri-silk yarn per annum.

The mill will need around 70,000 kgs of eri-silk cocoons per annum and this is expected to help more than 4,000 small and marginal farmers involved in sericulture activities in the state and also help in more development of eri-silk sericulture.

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