Bangalore, Mar 1: The silk production in the country was expected to touch 26,000 metric ton during the XI Plan from the current 18,475 metric ton, Central Silk Board Member Secretary M Satyavathi said.
Speaking after inaugurating 'Vanya Silk Shoppee' here yesterday she said the allocation for sericulture had been more than doubled in the XI plan with allocation being Rs 880 crore against Rs 420 crore in the previous plan.
Ms Satyavathi said with an increase in production, the export of silk was targeted at Rs 4,600 crore by the end of 11th plan from the present Rs 3,300 crore.
She said though India stands second, next to China, in silk production, efforts were being made to catch up with the neighbouring country. The country's consumption of silk was to the tune of 24,000 mt and to fill the gap, about 6000 tons were imported from China at present, she added.
About 'Vanya Silk' she said it was popular in north-east and many steps were taken by the Board to popularise Tasar, Muga and Eri variety. The Muga variety fetches four times more than the Mulberry, famous in South India and efforts were made to increase the production of Vanya Silk during the XI plan.
Of the total silk production of 18,475 metric tons, production of non-mulberry was about 1900 metric tonnes and the Board wants to increase it to 3000 MT during the XI plan period, she added.
Ms Satyavathi said 'Vanya Silk Shoppee' opened here was the second after New Delhi and the main objective was to show-case all India varieties of Vanya Silk and provide a platform for small manufacturers, handloom weavers, tribal artisans, NGOs, retail traders of Vanya Silk to exhibit and sell their products.
The Shoppee would also be utilised for popularising 'Silk Mark', a quality label for pure silk products being promoted by the Board.
The stakeholders for the Vanya silk were mostly people in backward tribal areas, living at remote areas in Assam, Chattisgarh, Jharkhand and Uttaranchal, among others, who were facing competition in the market.
She said, after introduction of anti-dumping tax four years ago, the dumping by China had come down considerably.