Post-cocoon activities to get boost

R Vimal Kumar

Central Silk Board plans to set up silk cluster

Under the project looms in the cluster will be upgraded

A common facility centre for dyeing will be set up

Tirupur: The Central Silk Board plans to set up a silk cluster exclusively for post-cocoon activities in Kancheepuram during the next fiscal under its Catalytic Development Programme (CDP), according to M Sathiyavathy, Member-Secretary, Central Silk Board.

Speaking to The Hindu here, she said that under the project, looms in the cluster would be upgraded and a common facility centre for dyeing would be set up.

Besides, technical assistance would be extended to the entrepreneurs for development of new designs and on areas like silk weaving, silk wet processing and bye-product utilisation, by resource persons from organisations like Central Silk Technological Research Institute, Bangalore. “The scheme will give an impetus to production of quality silk thereby reduce the demand-supply gaps existing in the country”, she said.

She said that steps were being taken by the Board to enhance the production of four varieties of silk namely Mulberry, Tusar, Eri and Muga during the 11th Five Year Plan ending 2012, at an outlay of Rs 1,476.24 crore.

“Our aim is to raise the annual raw silk production in the country from the present 18,475 tonnes to 26,000 tonnes by 2011-12 fiscal,” she added.

Of the 26,000 tonnes envisaged, share of bivoltine silk would be 5,000 tonnes.

To achieve the targets, cluster development activities would be carried out using a ‘soil-to-silk’ approach at 50 sericulture clusters being identified across the country.

“We will address the problems encountered by farmers and entrepreneurs on seed, cocoon and post-cocoon sectors in an integrated manner,” Ms. Sathiyavathy said.

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