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How Much Silk Does India Produce? Find Details of India’s Silk Production Here!

How Much Silk Does India Produce? Find Details of India’s Silk Production Here!
How Much Silk Does India Produce? Find Details of India’s Silk Production Here!

India has shown increasing trend in production of silk over the years. However, there is a marginal shortfall in silk production achievement against the targets set for silk production.

According to India’s Textile Ministry, the main reasons for marginal shortfall in production is urbanisation in traditional silk producing States and deficient/erratic rain fall.

As per information released by the ministry on 13th December, the details of silk production against the target during last three years are as follows;

Year Target (MT) Achievement (MT) % achievement
2016-17 32000 30348 94.8
2017-18 33840 31906 94.3
2018-19 35960 35468 98.6

Details of funds allocated for production of silk during the last three years and the current year are as follows;

(in Rs. crore)

Scheme 2016-17 2017-18 2018-19 2019-20
Silk Samagra 154.01 161.50 120.00 181.00
North East Region Textile Promotion Scheme 230.78 232.27 65.72 124.98

Silk Cocoons being an agriculture- based commodity, a number of factors such as climate (rainfall, drought), pest and disease incidences (which affect the production and quality of cocoon), demand for silk products and international prices of silk affect the cocoon prices.

As Marketing of cocoon and raw silk comes under the State list, some States provide price incentive to Farmers for their cocoon produce (through regulated cocoon markets), whenever there is a fluctuation in cocoon prices.

The traditional silk producing States like Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and West Bengal follow open auctions between farmers and the reelers.

The Marketing of these commodities is purely done by the State.