In view of soaring demand for its silk in local as well as international markets, the government of Tripura, a state in North-eastern India, has decided to introduce powerlooms at the state-owned silk producing units to enhance their productivity, Handloom and Industries Minister Jitendra Chowdhury said.
Earlier, only the neighbouring states sought Tripura silk, but now there is demand even in foreign countries, the Minister said. He added that the government is emphasizing on increasing the production of silk moth and upgrading state-run production units with powerlooms in place of hand looms.
The state’s silk turnover has increased almost 100 percent this year compared to last year, which enabled the state government to earn Rs. 10 million in revenues, the Minister said.
Mr. Chowdhury stated that mulberry cultivation is undertaken on around 3,352 acres of land in the state by around 7,000 cultivators, and the state is actively trying to increase this area.
The government intends to raise production of silk sarees in government-run units from 3,969 pieces to 8,750 pieces, this year, and has also decided to boost value addition through introduction of new designs, the Minister said.
According to an expert in textile designing, increased value addition calls for preparation and application of more beautiful designs, and local entrepreneurs should be motivated on this front.