KVIC sets up silk yarn production centre in Cuttack, Odisha
The silk yarn production centre will ensure local availability of Tussar Silk yarn, create local employment and reduce the silk production cost
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Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC) has taken a historic initiative to set up Odisha’s first ever Tussar Silk Yarn Production Centre at Choudwar in Cuttack district. The silk yarn production centre will ensure local availability of Tussar Silk yarn, create local employment and reduce the silk production cost. The silk yarn production centre was inaugurated by KVIC Chairman Vinai Kumar Saxena.
The silk yarn production centre will create direct employment for 50 artisans including 34 women, besides providing livelihood support to over 300 tribal farmers engaged in cocoon farming. This will also create indirect employment for weavers and reelers in the state. Every kilo of raw silk produced, creates employment for 11 artisans out of which six are women.
“Silk is the timeless heritage of India which is integral to our culture and tradition. It is also a key component of the Indian textile industry, particularly Khadi. With commissioning of this silk yarn production centre, Silk yarn will be produced locally and thus reducing the cost of Silk production. This will give a major boost to the sale of the famous Tussar Silk of Odisha and strengthen the traditional craft of Silk,” Saxena said.
Set up for Rs 75 lakh, the silk yarn production centre is capable of producing 200 kg of silk yarn worth Rs 94 lakh annually. The production capacity of this unit will be gradually increased to meet the increasing demand. This silk yarn production centre is equipped with advanced machinery like silk reeling machine, re-reeling machine, spinning machine and others.