The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has given its approval for Central Sector Scheme “Integrated Scheme for Development of Silk Industry” for the next three years from 2017-18 to 2019-20.
The Scheme has four components –
Research & Development (R&D), Training, Transfer of Technology and IT Initiatives
Seed Organizations and farmers extension centres
Coordination and Market Development for seed, yarn and silk products and
Quality Certification System (QCS) by creating amongst others a chain of Silk Testing facilities, Farm-based & post-cocoon Technology Up-gradation, and Export Brand Promotion.
Highlights of the scheme:
The scheme aims to achieve self-sufficiency in silk production by 2022. To achieve this, production of high-grade silk in India will reach 20,650 MTs by 2022 from the current level of 11,326 MTs thereby reducing imports to Zero.
The core objective of the scheme is to improve the productivity and quality of silk through R&D intervention.
The focus of R&D intervention is to promote improved crossbreed silk and the import substitute Bivoltine silk so that Bivotine silk production in India enhances to such a level that raw silk imports become nil by 2022 thereby making India self-sufficient in silk.
Use of silkworm by-products (pupa) for poultry feed, sericin for cosmetic applications and product diversification into non-woven fabrics, silk denim, silk knit etc. will be given thrust for added value realisation.
Under Seed Sector, Seed Production Units will be equipped and strengthened to bring in quality standards in the production network, besides increasing the production capacity to cater to the increased silk production target.
All the beneficiaries under the scheme from silk farmers, seed producers and chawkirearers will be brought on a DBT mode with Aadhaar linkage. A Helpline will be set up for timely redressal of grievances and all outreach programmes.
Brand Promotion of Indian silk will be encouraged through quality certification by Silk Mark not only in the domestic market but in the Export market as well.
The significance of the scheme:
The scheme will promote Women Empowerment and livelihood opportunities to SC/ST and other weaker sections of the society. The scheme will help to increase productive employment from 85 lakhs to 1 crore persons by 2020.