Ministry of Textiles, in association with Central Silk Board is organising an event, Surging Silk – Accomplishment and way forward, in New Delhi on February 9, 2019.
The event is being organised to highlight the growth of silk industry in India over the past four years. It focuses on distribution of Buniyaad Tasar Silk Reeling Machines to women reelers from tribal and rural areas, as part of total eradication of the age old practice of thigh reeling. In order to eradicate thigh reeling practice in tasar silk sector and to ensure rightful earning to the poor rural and tribal women reelers, Central Silk Technological Research Institute has developed a machine in association with an entrepreneur from Champa, Chhattisgarh. The machine developed is known as Buniyaad Reeling machine. This machine is expected to improve the quality and productivity of tasar silk yarn and reduce the drudgery of women.
A woman reeler using the traditional method earns approximately Rs.125 per day while a tasar reeler using Buniyaad reeling machine can earn Rs. 350 per day. The Buniyaad reeling machine is priced at Rs.8,475 per unit excluding taxes and transportation charges. It is planned to eradicate thigh reeling and replace with Buniyaad reeling machine by end of March 2019. The machine is available with solar power and pedal attachments. Machine manufactures have already been identified for production and delivery of the machines to the reelers.
During the event, best achievers of silk industry across various segments of sericulture will be honoured. Awards will be given to the best performing states, release of melange fabric produced from silk waste will take place, a mobile application will be launched for quality certification in silkworm seed sector and a compendium on Indian silk industry and state sericulture profile will be released.