Mumbai: A statutory body established in 1948, India’s Central Silk Board (CSB) – riding high on annual growth of 19 per cent in silk production – is planning to stop silk import from China in next 3-4 years. This was revealed by CSB Chairman K M Hanumantharayappa.
“Our output is 28,000 MTs (metric tonnes) to 30,000 MTs at present. Our production is growing year to year. We are aiming to stop imports from China and produce that much in three-four years,” Hanumantharayappa was quoted as saying.
China, a country with a long tradition of silk production, produces 80 per cent of global silk output, while India stands at second with 13 per cent and the rest 7 per cent is produced by other countries.
If the growth momentum for silk production would continue in the years to come, India may well reach the target of 34,000 MTs to make the country self-sufficient. Also, India produces Mulberry, Tasar and Muga silk, while China is known for producing only Mulberry.
It may be mentioned here that CSB has been offering help in forms of technological support to farmers via subsidies on machines and free training to boost production.