Silk Current Affairs - 2019

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Surging Silk – Accomplishment and Way Forward

The Ministry of Textiles in association with Central Silk Board had organized an event, Surging Silk – Accomplishment and way forward on 9th February 2019 at in New Delhi.

The event was presided over by Union Minister of Textiles, Smriti Zubin Irani and Union Minister of External Affairs, Sushma Swaraj was the chief guest for the event.

Surging Silk – Accomplishment and Way Forward

The Surging Silk – Accomplishment and Way Forward event was conducted to:

  • Highlight the growth of the silk industry in India over the past 4 years.
  • Distribution of Buniyaad Tasar Silk Reeling Machines to women reelers from tribal areas, as part of total eradication of the age-old practice of thigh reeling.
  • Honouring the best achievers of the silk industry across various segments of sericulture.
  • Awarding the best performing states.
  • The release of melange fabric produced from silk waste.
  • The launch of mobile application e-cocoon for quality certification in the silkworm seed sector.
  • Releasing of a compendium on Indian silk industry which  will be a comprehensive compilation on the status and growth of sericulture and silk industry of each state, plans and programmes launched by the government being implemented across the country and ethnic silk products supported with a directory of important contacts points, to have first-hand information of the industry.
  • State sericulture profile.

The Textile Ministry had made elaborate arrangements for participation from different spectrum of the Textile industry in large numbers.

MEA to Play Facilitating Role to Promote Silk in Global Markets

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.