Buniyaad reeling machines distributed, mobile-App e-Cocoon launched at Surging Silk event

Buniyaad tasar silk reeling machines were distributed to women from tribal areas at the Surging Silk event here on Saturday.
The event, organised by the Ministry of Textiles and Central Silk Board also saw the launch of mobile App e-Cocoon, which is expected to ensure quality certification in the silkworm seed sector, and the release of a compendium on Indian silk industry and state sericulture profile.
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 the Tasar silk sector, an official press release said.
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 machines by end of March 2020.
Woman reelers using the traditional method earn approximately Rs 125 per day while a Tasar reeler using the 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, the best achievers of the silk industry across various segments of sericulture were honoured. Awards were also given to the best performing states. 
Speaking on the occasion, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj promised all support to the Textiles Ministry for promoting global trade of silk. She said 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, she 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.
Textiles Minister Smriti Irani said silk production has increased by 41% since 2013-14. The Buniyad reeling 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. 
The mobile app e-cocoon will help quality certification in silkworm sector, Ms. Irani said. She said the mobile application will be used by the Seed Analysts and Seed Officers nominated under the Central Seed Act for system and product certification through real-time reporting. 
Besides covering a large number of stakeholders – registered seed producers (RSP) and Registered Chawkie Rearers (RCR), the essentially required systems with the RSP, RCR and silkworm eggs and the silkworm reared worms will be effectively monitored.
India is the second largest producer of silk after China and the largest consumer of silk. India's silk production capacity is expected to reach about 38,500 tonnes by 2020 from the current level of 32,000 tonnes.

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