Union Minister of State for Textiles (Independent Charge) Santosh Kumar Gangwar inaugurated the newly built, state-of-the-art, high capacity Cold Storage Plant for silkworm egg at Mysore recently. Cold Storage Plant is an indispensable facility in silkworm egg production system, principally to enable uninterrupted supply of basic and commercial silkworm seed. The silkworm eggs are preserved in these cold storage plants for short term or long term (upto 10 months) to regulate the seed supply, matching the demand.
The facility also oversees systematic incubation of the silkworm eggs prior to its dispatch to the farmers. National Silkworm Seed Organization (NSSO), the mulberry silkworm seed production and management arm of Central Silk Board operates the cold storage plants set up at Mysore, Hosur and Dehradun to manage its seed production and distribution across the country.
The existing facility in Mysore is of a much smaller capacity. A maximum of 1 crore disease free layings (DFLs) can be stored if all the 3 existing Cold Storage facilities are utilized to the full capacity. Going forward, the capacity will fall short because the seed production target of NSSO during the first year (2012-13) of the XII Plan itself is 1.35 crore DFLs with a steep increase to reach 2.44 crore DFLs in the terminal year of the Plan that is 2016-17. This projection and the leading role southern India has to assume in the coming years necessitated the establishment of the new facility at Mysore.