INDIA: CSB revises bi-voltine silk production to 1500 tons for 10th plan

BANGALORE: India is likely to miss the estimated target of producing 6500 tons of bi-voltine silk per annum at the end of Tenth Plan set by the Central Silk Board (CSB), a top CSB official said here on November 30.

The Officials informed that India imports around 9000 tons of silk every year, primarily from China, in addition to domestic production of 17000 tons to meet a demand of 26000 tons.

On the other hand, India has succeeded in surpassing China in cocoon productivity with new technologies.

Earlier in a bid to increase domestic output of superior quality bi-voltine silk, Central Silk Board (CSB) has launched various schemes and set a target of producing 6500 tons of bi-voltine silk per annum at the end of Tenth Plan.

However, several silk producing states could not meet this target due to various reasons like drought, flood and practical problems in transforming from traditional rearing methods to new techniques.

Following this, the annual bi-voltine silk production target was reduced to 1500 tons for the 10th Plan, but is likely to achieve a meager 1050 tons of annual bi-voltine silk production at the end of 2007.

In the beginning of Tenth Plan in 2002-03, the bi-voltine production stood at 685 tons, which declined to 609 tons in the next fiscal but increased to 893 tons in 2004-05 and further jumped to 971 tons in the fiscal 2005-06 and the production is expected to touch 1050 tons in the current financial year.

Further, overall targeted output of all varieties of mulberry and non-mulberry silk is expected to touch 18700 tons at the end of 10th plan against the revised projection of 21800 tons.

Recently, CSB to counter China has initiated steps to introduce contract farming through corporate bodies to ramp up the production manifold.

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Added: December 1, 2006 Source: Agencies
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