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India's Silk Board seeks states' sericulture proposals
Sep '17
India’s Central Silk Board (CSB) has sought proposals for three years from the state governments under the newly-formed ‘Central Sector Schemes (CCS) for Development of Silk Industry’, CSB chairman KM Hanumantharayappa told media persons in Bhubaneswar recently. Odisha will get Rs 6.3 crore under CSS for development of sericulture during 2017-18, he said.

Hanumantharayappa, who visited silk clusters in Keonjhar and Mayurbhanj districts during his five-day stay in the state, encouraged farmers to cultivate more mulberry as it is priced high compared to other silks in the country, according to a newspaper report. About 90 per cent of the total silk produced in Odisha is from tasar.

The CSB plans to open a seed farm at Koraput as Odisha is now receiving the eri basic seed from Assam and Tamil Nadu. Two clusters at Ghatagaon in Keonjhar and Kashipur in Rayagada district are being set up to raise mulberry production, Hanumantharayappa said.

Around 20,000 tribal families in the state are practicing sericulture of which more than 16,000 are tasar farmers. Of the 125 tonne silk produced by the state last year, 115 tonne was of the tasar variety. Mayurbhanj, Keonjhar and Sundargarh are the three major tasar producing districts, contributing nine-tenths of tasar silk production in the state. (DS)

Fibre2Fashion News Desk – India

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