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Bangladesh to boost silk yarn production

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Feb '12
The Bangladesh Sericulture Board (BSB) is trying to widen its sericulture programme in order to increase silk yarn production in the country.

Speaking to fibre2fashion, Mr. Sunil Chandra Pal, Chairman of BSB, said, “The current demand for silk yarn in the country is about 300 tons, whereas the local production is only 50-60 tons.

Explaining the reason behind low production of silk yarn in Bangladesh, he says, “The production costs and market prices are not competitive. Hence, the sericulturists are not interested to produce silk.”

Briefing about the steps being taken to boost silk yarn production, he avers, “Initially, we wish to increase the production to a level where it can at least meet the local demand. We are planning to expand our sericulture programme throughout the country so that we can motivate farmers to undertake silk production.”

“Currently, the price of imported silk yarn is increasing and hence sericulturists have started showing interest in producing silk yarn,” he reveals.

Informing about the role of silk industry in the country's economy, the BSB Chairman says, “Currently, around 600,000 people are engaged in the silk industry, out of which there are 50,000 cultivators. The locally produced silk products are consumed only in the local market. Most of the silk product manufacturers do not produce any export items. The contribution of the silk industry to the national economy is very minimal because of the low production.”

Fibre2fashion News Desk - India


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