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Silk production unable to keep up with demand
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A key handicrafts material exported from the country is silk and the demand for the same in the market is around 1,100 tons, informed Shanker Prasad Pandey, President of the Silk Association of Nepal (SAN).

However, Pandey avers that, the domestic production of silk is not enough to meet exporters demand and hence they are most likely to import the same in bulk quantities from China and India. According to data, domestic silk output is not even 2 percent of the industry demand.

The amount of silk utilised in Nepali Pashmina and apparels for exports is five times over its direct export. Owing to lower production, the country does not even have its own brand in the global market, informed Pandey, further stressing more on production than branding.

Initially, government had taken up initiatives for silk development by setting up sericulture at Bandipur. More over, apart from being an important raw material in producing handicraft goods, carpets and pashmina, pure form of silk has a huge market demand internationally.

Of the 11 districts that are involved in silk production, the key silk producing districts are Chitwan, Makwanpur, Ilam, Shyangja, Dhading and Tanahun. In all there exist seven industries, which are involved in production of silk.

From farming to fabric, round-about 7,500 people are employed in silk sector. SAN, which is a non-governmental set up, is also an apex body of exporters, weavers, reelers, green cocoon farmers, farmers' groups and sericulture professionals.

More over, it provides support to develop commercially possible sericulture enterprises for providing sustainable livelihood and equitable chances to the rural people, who contribute to the economic development of the country. About Rs 400 million worth of Silk is directly exported from Nepal.

Fibre2Fashion News Desk - India

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