The Government has been implementing various projects and schemes like Integrated Wool Improvement Programme (IWIP) in the 10th Five Year Plan to increase indigenous wool production in the country, having components of Sheep & Wool Improvement Scheme (SWIS), Development of Speciality Fibres (Pashmina and Angora), and Quality Processing of Wool etc.
These schemes, with a more focused approach, and some modifications, are intended to be continued during the 11th Five Year Plan. Moreover, an Insurance Scheme to cover Sheep mortality is also being proposed for the 11th Five Year Plan.
In order to promote export of woolen products, Government has been implementing schemes of Market Development Assistance (MDA) and the Market Access Initiative (MAI) etc. This was stated by the Minister of State for Textiles, Shri E.V.K.S. Elangovan in a reply to a question by Shri Banwari Lal Kanchhal in Rajya Sabha.