e-cocoon Current Affairs - 2019
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The Minister of External Affairs, Sushma Swaraj announced that the Ministry of External Affairs would play a facilitating role in promoting the silk in the global markets.
The External Affairs Minister urged the Textile Ministry to increase the production to capture the growing market.
Eradication of the thigh reeling practice in the tasar silk sector
The Ministry of Textiles as part of its effort to eradicate thigh reeling practice in tasar silk sector and to ensure rightful earning to the rural and tribal women reelers is distributing Buniyaad reeling machine to weavers. A target has been set to eradicate thigh reeling practice by March 2020.
Mobile Application for quality certification
The silk production capacity of India is expected to increase to 38,500 tonnes by 2020 from the current level of 32,000 tonnes. Increasing production will help in reducing import as India is the second largest producer of silk after China and the largest consumer of silk.
Hence to ensure the quality of the silk, the Ministry of Textiles has also launched a mobile application e-cocoon for quality certification in the silkworm seed sector.