India, the second largest producer of silk after China, has seen an increase of 10.52 per cent of raw silk during 2018-19 over the previous year.
This was stated by Union Textile Minister Smriti Irani in Lok Sabha.
The minister noted that from the different varieties produced in the last fiscal year, Mulberry made up 71.50 per cent or 25,213 metric tonnes, Tussar accounted for 8.44 per cent or 2,977 metric tonnes, Eri 19.40 per cent, which is 6,839 metric tonnes and Muga 0.66 per cent or 232 metric tonnes of the provisional total raw silk production of 35,261 metric tonnes.
She further added that “The total raw silk production in the country increased by 10.52 per cent (35,261 metric tonnes) during 2018-19 over the previous year 2017-18 (31,906 MT).”
And it doesn’t end there! Smriti Irani quickly added that the Central Silk Board (CSB), which is a statutory body under the Ministry of Textiles, is encouraging further production and export of silk.
For the benefit of farmers engaged in sericulture, CSB is implementing a restructured Central Sector Scheme ‘Silk Samagra’, which aims at enhancing the quality and productivity of domestic silk, and in the process helps minimising India’s dependence on imported silk.
“Under the scheme, assistance will be extended to sericulture stakeholders in creating opportunities for beneficiaries like, raising Kissan nursery, plantation with improved mulberry varieties, irrigation, chawki rearing centres with incubation facility, construction of rearing houses besides others,” she said.