No proposal to ban import of China silk: CSB chief

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Bangalore, Jul 7 (UNI) Central Silk Board (CSB) Chairman Hanumanthappa today ruled out imposition of ban on import of silk from China.

Addressing a press conference here along with Union Textile Minister Shankersinh Vaghela, he said to protect the domestic silk growers, the Centre had imposed an import duty on China silk.

While the domestic demand for silk was around 26,000 MT, the production remained at 18,000 MT, he said.

After imposing import duty on silk, China started dumping finished silk fabrics, he said adding the Textile Ministry would approach the Centre seeking to impose anti-dumping duty.

To boost the domestic production of raw silk, the Board had initiated several research programmes, which had yielded results.

The productivity of Indian silk was substantially increased and achieved 80 to 90 kg cocoon per acre, which was much higher than China.

Mr Hanumanthappa said the export of silk fabric had doubled from Rs 1,060 crore in 1997-98 to Rs 3,500 crore in 2007-08 due to several initiatives taken by the CSB.

Karnataka remained to be the main source of silk production, followed by Andhra Pradesh, West Bengal and Jammu and Kashmir, he added.

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