Hon’ble Union Minister of Textiles Reviews the development of Sericulture Silk Industry Development

textiles-ministe4The Hon’ble Union Minister of Textiles Dr. K. Sambasiva Rao visited the Central Silk Board, Bangalore and held a review  meeting with Shri N. S. Bisse Gowda, Chairperson, Smt. Ishita Roy, IAS, Member Secretary, Central Silk Board, Directors of CSBs Research Institutes, National Silkworm Seed Organization, and Senior officials of Central Silk Board, on 23rd December 2013 about the development of sericulture & silk industry in the country during the XII plan period.

During his visit to Central Silk Board, Hon’ble Union Minister of Textiles Dr. K. Sambasiva Rao launched  a 10 – ends concept Model of Automatic Silk Reeling Machine developed by Central Silk Technological Research Institute, (CSTRI) Central Silk Board, Bangalore. Based on this concept model 120 to 200 ends automatic silk reeling machines will be developed and this will help in reduction of manpower and improving the quality of raw silk equivalent to imported raw silk.

The Hon’ble Minister appreciated the scientists of CSTRI CSB Bangalore for their contribution in developing innovative technologies and particularly machineries like; (a)  Wet reeling machine for Tasar,(b) Vacuum permeation cooking unit for mulberry silk reeling (c) Solar power operated eri spinning machine and (d) Mechanical Tasar cocoon sorting machine. These machines will be useful in increasing the productivity, reduction of drudgery and improvement in quality of silk. The Union Minister of Textiles suggested that solar operated spinning devices have to be provided to a larger number of beneficiaries in the north-eastern regions. The Hon’ble Minister insisted the need for taping resources from RKVY and MGNREGS for sericulture expansion in potential areas.

While reviewing the sericulture & silk development in the country,  the Union Minister of Textiles aspired that the raw silk production in the country should be doubled  to 46,000 m.tons during the terminal year of XII plan period i.e., 2016-17 with an annual growth rate of 20 – 25 %  in silk production. Further he added that the area under mulberry cultivation should be raised from the existing mulberry area of 1,96,000  hectares  to 3,00,000 hectares  by the end of XII plan period.

Keeping in view of expansion of the mulberry acreage  and also the increase in silk production during the XII plan period, the Minister insisted that Central Silk Board & its Research Institutes should conduct more and more training programmes covering larger number of beneficiaries involving various sericulture activities namely; plantation development, disease management, silkworm seed production, quality cocoon production, and post-cocoon  activities like silk reeling, spinning, weaving, processing, design development and by product development activities which would ensure self employment in the silk industry to boost their economic gains and returns.

Hon’ble Union Minister of Textiles Govt of India accompanied by Shri N. S. Bisse Gowda, Chairperson, CSB and Smt. Ishita Roy, IAS, Member Secretary Central silk Board visited the ISO 9001: 2008 certified Silkworm Seed Production Centre, Bangalore. Dr. B.S. Angadi, Director, NSSO, briefed the Hon’ble Union detail about the various activities of NSSO in production of quality Bivoltine Silkworm Seed as per ISO standards. The Minister appreciated the role played by the Scientists and Technical staff of NSSO.

Smt. Ishita Roy, IAS, Member Secretary, CSB in her presentation explained that the mandate of Central Silk Board is mainly on Research and Development activities related to sericulture and silk industry in the country. She briefed the Minister about the current status of the sericulture and silk industry in the country. She further added that the CSBs Scientists  have evolved high yielding mulberry varieties and silkworm races, eco friendly farming techniques, mulberry and silkworm crop protection measures, mechanization in pre and post-cocoon sectors to reduce labour dependency in sericulture.

Dr. B. Saratchandra, Director (Tech), Dr. Arindham Basu, Director, CSTRI, Dr.  Shri K.K. Shetty, Joint Secretary (Tech), Shri Keshav Kumar, Deputy Secretary, Ministry of Textiles, Shri K. Sukumar Menon, CEO, SMOI, and other senior officers of Central Silk Board attended the meeting.

Hon'ble Union Minister of Textiles Dr. K. Sambasiva Rao keenly observing the functioning of solar powered automatic silk spinning device

Hon’ble Union Minister of Textiles Dr. K. Sambasiva Rao keenly observing the functioning of solar powered automatic silk spinning device

Hon'ble Union Minister of Textiles Dr. K. Sambasiva Rao keenly observing the 10-end concept model of automatic reeling machine

Hon’ble Union Minister of Textiles Dr. K. Sambasiva Rao keenly observing the 10-end concept model of automatic reeling machine

Hon'ble Union Minister of Textiles visiting the ISO 9001: 2008 certified Silkworm Seed Production Centre of  NSSO, CSB, Bangalore along with  Shri N. S. Bisse Gowda, Chairperson and  Smt. Ishita Roy, IAS, Member Secretary ,CSB, Bangalore.

Hon’ble Union Minister of Textiles visiting the ISO 9001: 2008 certified Silkworm Seed Production Centre of NSSO, CSB, Bangalore along with Shri N. S. Bisse Gowda, Chairperson and
Smt. Ishita Roy, IAS, Member Secretary ,CSB, Bangalore.

Hon'ble Union Minister of Textiles Dr. K Sambasiva Rao reviewing the development of sericulture and silk industry with Shri N. S. Bisse  Gowda, Chairperson and Smt. Ishita Roy, IAS, Member Secretary

Hon’ble Union Minister of Textiles Dr. K Sambasiva Rao reviewing the development of sericulture and silk industry with Shri N. S. Bisse Gowda, Chairperson and Smt. Ishita Roy, IAS, Member Secretary

 

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