Silk Industry – UPSC GS1

  • India’s Silk Industry is world’s second largest after China.
  • The total production of silk in India stood at around 23,000 tonnes in the year 2011-12.
  • India produces four varieties of silk produced, viz. Mulberry, Eri, Tasar and Muga.
  • About 80% of silk produced in country is of mulberry silk, majority of which is produced in the three southern States of Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu.
  • Sericulture Provides gainful occupation to around 63 Lakh persons in rural and semi-urban areas in India.
  • About 97% of raw silk in India is produced in five Indian states of Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, West Bengal and Jammu and Kashmir.
Recent Developments:
MoU between India and Japan for collaborative research in the field of silkworm and silk industries.

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