Centre aims to achieve self-sufficiency in raw silk production

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Bangalore, Oct 29 (UNI) The Centre aims to achieve self-sufficiency in raw silk production by the end of the eleventh plan period, with the overall outlay for sericulture development during the plan period being Rs 2,015.98 crore and the Central Silk Board's share being Rs 940.25 crore.

National Silkworm Seed Organisation Director S B Dandin told reporters here today that raw silk production during the plan period had been estimated at around 26,000 tonnes from the present 18,000 tonnes. It was aimed at generating employment for over 77 lakh people by the end of the plan period, he added.

All efforts would be made to enhance silk exports to around Rs 4,500 crore from the current Rs 3,244 crore, he said.

Major thrust would be laid on quality silkworm seed production in the private sector with required technical and financial support for establishing seed production centres by the end of the plan period, Dr Dandin said, adding that this aimed at self-sufficiency in seed requirement in biovoltine too.

Various other steps were also being planned for the next five years for widening the base of cross breed cocoon production, establishment of large number of chawki rearing centres and farmers field schools.

Special thrust would be laid on encouraging participation of women in various sericulture activities through various schemes with a token outlay of Rs ten crore, he said.

Karnataka Sericulture Commission Director Mohammed Sanaulla said the Government had proposed to set up three reeling centres -- two in traditional districts and one in a non-traditional district -- for production of high quality biovoltine silk.


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