Surging Silk, Mega Event Held in New Delhi

BuniyaadTasar Silk Reeling Machines were distributed to women reelers from tribal areas at a function organised by the Ministry of Textiles and Central Silk Board in New Delhi, last evening. The distribution of the machine is part of total eradication of the age old practice of thigh reeling and to ensure rightful earning to the poor rural and tribal woman reelers in Tasar silk sector.

The machine developed by Central Silk Technological Research Institute in association with an entrepreneur from Champa in Chhattisgarh will improve the quality and productivity of Tasar silk yarn and reduce the drudgery of women.It is planned to eradicate thigh reeling and replace it with Buniyaad reeling machine by end of March 2020.

Woman reelers using the  traditional method earn approximately Rs.125/- per day while a Tasarreeler using Buniyaad machine can earn Rs.350/- per day. The machine is priced at Rs.8,475/- per unit excluding taxes and transportation charges.

During the event, best achievers of silk industry across various segments of sericulture were honoured. Awards were also given to the best performing states.A mobile application e-cocoon was launched for quality certification in silkworm seed sector.A compendium on Indian silk industry and state sericulture profile was also released on the occasion.

Speaking on the occasion, the Union Minister of External Affairs, Smt. Sushma Swaraj assured the Textiles ministry to provide all support for promoting global trade of silk. She said that silk is a strong commodity and there is a huge demand for it in the international market.Talking about the popularity of Indian silk saree, Smt. Swaraj said her counterparts during the United Nations General Assembly meetings, often ask about the wide variety of colour, pattern and different designs of these fabrics.

Union Minister of Textiles Minister Smriti Zubin Irani said that silk production has increased by 41 per cent since 2013-14. The Textiles Minister said the Buniyadreeling  machine will not only rid the woman reelers of the painful practice of thigh reeling but also enhance their income and help them live a dignified life.

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