Silk board to double production Mulberry Bags to 46, 000 mt in 12th Plan

The Central Silk Board (CSB), under the Union ministry of textiles, has proposed to spend Rs 2, 799 crore under the 12th Plan (2012-17) for the expansion of mulberry silk production in the country. This is a jump of 2. 5 times over the 11th Plan expenditure. The board has set a target of five times growth in the area under mulberry silk cultivation, from 170, 000 to 850, 000 hectares during the 12th Plan. The board is looking at non-traditional states such as Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh, Bihar and Jharkhand, apart from strengthening production in the traditional states, top CSB officials said. “Mulberry silk is traditionally produced in the southern and northeastern states, while Odisha and Jharkhand are known for tussar, eri and the muga variety of silk .Mulberry Bags. It is very important for us to make silk a pan-Indian commodity. We have set an ambitious target of doubling raw silk production to 46, 000 tonnes over five to eight years, ” said Ishita Roy, member secretary & chief executive officer. In 2011-12, raw silk production grew 12. 6 per cent to 23, 000 tonnes, while exports registered a decline of 26 .Mulberry Sale. 5 per cent to Rs 2, 104 crore during the 11 months ending February 2012, compared to Rs 2, 863 crore in 2010-11. The decline was mainly on account of recession in the european union and slow recovery in the us. India exports silk products to Europe, the us and West Asia. K S Menon, joint director, CSB, said the focus states for expansion of mulberry silk would be Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh. Recently, the chief secretary of Maharashtra visited the major growing areas in Karnataka to study the model .Mulberry Bags Outlet. Subsequently, 35 deputy commissioners of Maharashtra were sent to Karnataka for a similar study, he said. He said the board plans to introduce some new breeds of silk, apart from the very popular bivoltine silk varieties, such as the CSR 2×4 in the new areas. These varieties require good agro-climatic conditions. “We have received good response from non-traditional states to introduce mulberry silk. Based on the requirements of these states, we are taking up cultivation. CSB would also help these states to put in place the complete infrastructure like post-cocoon processing, reeling, dyeing and marketing of silk. We would transfer some of the commercially best-known technologies from the traditional growing regions, ” Roy said. CSB is also in talks with Brazil, Japan and Thailand for transfer of technology in the areas of processing, dyeing, conversion and finishing of silk fabrics, she said. The board is also working on expanding the area under cultivation of other silk varieties such as tussar, muga and eri in the northeastern states, Odisha and Jharkhand .Cheap Mulberry Handbags.

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