Silk production in India to rise making the country self-reliant by 2020

Minister of Textiles Ms. Smriti Zubin Irani said that the country would become self-reliant in the production of silk by the year 2020. The production of Bivoltine silk (high quality) will increase by 62 per cent by 2020 as the Union Cabinet has approved the Integrated Scheme for Development of Silk Industry. Also, the government aims to increase the number of people engaged in the silk segment in the following three years, stated Ms Irani, from the present 85 lakhs to one crore. This involves 50,000 people who will be trained in this segment. Under the Textile Ministry an inter- ministerial committee of related ministries will be set up, which will disburse a sum of INR 1000 crore for research and development.

In future, there will be an increase in the production capacity and seed production units will also be well-equipped and strengthened to meet the rise in the silk demand. Besides, web-based solutions will be given to farmers who are engaged in seed production and other related activities, added the Minister. Seed producers and farmers will also get all subsidy by Direct Benefit Transfer. 

The main silk producing states of the country will get 21 cocoon testing centres as market development is very important. Besides, for improved varieties, 19 basic silk seed farms, 20 silk worm seed production centres, 131 chawki rearing centres, and 500 acres of land is also being set aside.

The Central Government will bear 50 per cent of the costs in its support infrastructure development by individual farmers and silk producers. the Centre will bear 65% of the cost for beneficiaries belonging to SC or ST category. And, it will bear 80 per cent of the cost for beneficiaries from North East States, J&K, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Jharkhand, and Chhattisgarh. Also, there will be timely redressal of grievances and all outreach programmes through a helpline.

The State Governments have an important role to play in increasing the silk production of India; thus, they have been urged to participate in implementing the scheme, stated the Minister. She mentioned that only 17 states have a separate Department or Directorate of Sericulture out of 26 silk producing and consuming ones.

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