Silk Current Affairs - 2020

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SFURTI Scheme update given in the Parliament-Rs 2.3 crores budget allocated

The Ministry of MSME (Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises) on February 3, 2020, provided an update on the SFURTI scheme being implemented.

Highlights

A total amount of Rs 2.3 crores has been sanctioned for the scheme in the budget 2020.The Ministry updated the house that currently the scheme is working towards the following

  • Developing clusters of Traditional industries for a period of 5 years
  • To strengthen active participation of local stakeholders
  • To make the traditional industries more competitive
  • To build market intelligence, advanced processes, traditional skills and cluster based regenerated traditional industries. The clusters will focus on silk, handicrafts, cane products and bamboo in the year 2020-21.

About the Scheme

The scheme SFURTI-Scheme of Fund for Regeneration of Traditional industries was launched in 2005. It enhances production of Khadi industries and artisans. Also, under SFURTI, the scheme for rural industries Service Centre (RISC) is being implemented. The scheme for Product Development, Design Intervention and Packaging is also implemented under SFURTI.

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First Silk Processing plant in Gujarat to boost “PATOLA SAREE” production

On January 3, 2020, the Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC) inaugurated the first “Patola Saree” production unit in Gujarat. This will help to cut down the cost of silk yarn production and also will increase the sale of raw material for Patola sarees.

Highlights

The silk production plant has employed 90 local women of which 70 belong to Muslim community. The installation cost of the plant was Rs 75 lakh and the KVIC operating under Ministry of MSME has contributed Rs 60 lakhs. The plant has been built in a backward district of Gujarat (Surendranagar district). The aim of the plant is to make silk readily available to Patola saree manufacturers to boost its production.

Patola Saree

Patola is the trademark saree of Gujarat. They are highly expensive and were once worn only by royal aristocratic families. With the new plant, the cost is expected to come down.

The idea behind the installation of new plant is to buy cocoon from the states of Karnataka and West Bengal and process them in the plant. This will help reduce the cost of production to a great extent.

Among all silk varieties in India, Patola sarees are among the top 5 silk sarees.

History

The Patola silk was founded by the Salvi caste (Scheduled) in the states of Maharashtra and Karnataka. They moved to Gujarat in 12th century in order to acquire patronage of Rajputs.

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