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Indian cabinet approves integrated scheme for silk industry
Mar '18
Indian cabinet approves integrated scheme for silk industry
India’s Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs last week approved the Integrated Scheme for Development of Silk Industry from fiscal 2017-18 to 2019-20 with an allocation of Rs 2161.68 crore. To be implemented through the Central Silk Board (CSB), it is expected to raise production from 30,348 metric tonnes (MT) during 2016-17 to 38,500 MT by end of 2019-20.

The scheme will help increase the production of high-quality Bivoltine silk by 62 per cent to 8,500 MT by 2020 and India will turn self-reliant in silk production by then, an official press release quoted textiles minister Smriti Irani as saying.

The scheme has four components—research & development (R&D), training, transfer of technology and information technology initiatives; seed organisations and farmers extension centres; coordination and market development for seed, yarn and silk products; and quality certification system (QCS) by creating a chain of silk testing facilities, farm-based and post-cocoon technology upgradation and export brand promotion.

The R&D component of the scheme aims at increasing productivity from the present 100 Kg per hectare to 111 kg per hectare by the end of 2019-20, improving host plant varieties and disease-resistant silkworm breeds by having collaborative research with reputed national and international research institutes on sericulture in Japan, China and Bulgaria.

The scheme will promote women empowerment and livelihood opportunities for the downtrodden and weaker sections of the society.

The minister said 21 cocoon testing centres are being set up in the main silk producing states. Apart from this, 19 basic silk seed farms, 20 silk worm seed production centres, 131 chawki rearing centres and 500 acres of land is being set aside for improved varieties, she added. (DS)

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