Staff Correspondent

Machines worth Rs. 1 crore to be provided to them in a bid to modernise industry

Chitradurga: Reiterating that Indian silk was in no way inferior to the one manufactured elsewhere in the world, Central Silk Board chairman H. Hanumanthappa emphasised the need for manufacturers to diversify their business to suit market needs.

Inaugurating the Post-cocoon Storage Unit at Molakalmur on Wednesday, Mr. Hanumanthappa told weavers that the quality of Indian silk was highly appreciated by countries such as Japan and Korea. Weavers should not restrict themselves to saris, but should also produce readymade garments, he said.

He advised traditional weavers to adopt modern technology in order to save time and increase revenue. “Keeping this aspect in mind, the Silk Board and the State Government have been spending funds to provide modern equipment to weavers”, he said. Machines worth Rs. 1 crore would be provided to farmers for yarn twisting and designing, he said.

Subsidies worth Rs. 80 lakh had been given to entrepreneurs to set up manufacturing units, he said. Noting the increase in the cost of silk and silk products, which had not translated into a corresponding rise in earnings for weavers, he urged entrepreneurs to raise wages of weavers.

Board member Satyavati said that silk production would be popularised in north Karnataka. With this objective, the board had opened 15 clusters in nine districts of north Karnataka.

In the 11th Five Year Plan, Molakalmur was given Rs. 44 lakh for modernisation of silk production, and the funds would be augmented to Rs. 75 lakh in the coming days, she said.