The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) 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. A total allocation of Rs 2161.68 crore has been approved for the implementation of the Scheme for 3 years from 2017-18 to 2019-20. The scheme will be implemented by the Ministry through Central Silk Board (CSB).
The Scheme has following four components :-
(i) Research & Development (R&D), Training, Transfer of Technology and I.T. Initiatives.
(ii) Seed Organizations and farmers extension centres.
(iii) Coordination and Market Development for seed, yarn and silk products.
(iv) 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.
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. Other efforts will include setting up new Cold storage, providing mobile disinfection units and equipment support for mechanization.