Textile Industry Current Affairs - 2019
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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.
Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) has approved to expand the scope of mandatory packaging norms under Jute Packaging Material (JPM) Act, 1987. It has approved that 100% of the food grains and 20% of sugar shall be mandatorily packed in diversified jute bags. Initially 10% of indents of jute bags for packing foodgrains will be placed through reverse auction on GEM portal. This will gradually help to usher in a regime of price discovery.
Impact of this decision
It will give a fillip to development of jute sector and impetus to the diversification of the jute industry. It will increase quality and productivity of raw jute and also boost and sustaining demand for jute product. It will benefit farmers and workers located in Eastern and North Eastern regions of country particularly in the states of West Bengal, Bihar, Odisha, Assam, Andhra Pradesh, Meghalaya and Tripura.
Jute is one of the important natural fibers after cotton in terms of cultivation and usage. Its cultivation is dependent on climate, season, and soil. Almost 85% of world’s jute cultivation is concentrated in the Ganges Delta. India is largest producer or cultivator of jute in the world (around 60%) followed by Bangladesh and China. Top jute producing states are West Bengal, Bihar, Assam and Odisha.
This sector in India is predominantly dependent on Government which purchases jute products more than Rs. 6,500 crore every year. Government has been making concerted efforts for the development of jute sector considering that nearly 3.7 lakh workers and approximately 40 lakh farmers are dependent for their livelihood on jute sectors.
Government is also making concerted efforts for development of jute sector. It is increasing quality and productivity of raw jute, diversification of jute sector and also boosting and sustaining demand for jute product. The intensive Government support is to sustain core demand for jute sector and to support livelihood of workers and farmers dependent on sector.
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