Centrally Sponsored Sericulture Scheme – Integrated Scheme for Development of Silk industry implemented by Central Govt.

Published Date - 23 March 2018 02:15:46 Updated Date - 19 April 2018 10:39:36

The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, has given its approval for Central Sector Scheme "Integrated Scheme for Development of Silk Industry" for the next three years from 2017-18 to 2019-20.

Central Silk Board (CSB) has been implementing a rationalized restructured Central Sector Scheme “Integrated Scheme for Development of Silk Industry” for development of sericulture in the Country, which is an umbrella scheme consisting of following four components for the development of Sericulture and Silk industry. The focus and emphasis are on improving production, quality and productivity of domestic silk thereby reducing the country’s dependence on imported silk.

This scheme will minimize the raw silk import and make India self sufficient in the production of Silk by 2022. Central government will focus on technology up-gradation, improvement of host plant varieties and improved disease resistant silkworm breeds. Central Silk Board (CSB) will implement this scheme to improve the quality and indigenous production of silk through R&D intervention.

The primary objective of this Integrated Scheme is to promote use of Silkworm by-products for poultry feed and sericin for cosmetic applications. Moreover, govt. will diversify products into non-woven fabrics, silk denim, silk knit etc. for added value realisation.


The Scheme has four components –

  1. Research & Development (R&D), Training, Transfer of Technology and IT Initiatives
  2. Seed Organizations and farmers extension centres
  3. Coordination and Market Development for seed, yarn and silk products and
  4. Quality Certification System (QCS) by creating amongst others a chain of Silk Testing facilities, Farm based & post-cocoon Technology Up-gradation, and Export Brand Promotion.

The above ongoing components of the scheme are focusing on intervention in critical areas such as Feed, Seed, Breed, Post Cocoon Technology and Capacity Building for visible impact on quality and productivity improvement in the field ensuring to achieve the target.  An amount of Rs.154.02 Cr. has been allocated in Revised Budget Estimates during 2016-17 for the implementation of the Scheme. Against this, a total expenditure of Rs.128.51 Cr. has been made till February, 2017.

Integrated Scheme For Development of Silk Industry – Target

Central govt. wants to increase production of silk from 30,348 MT (2016-17) to 38,500 MT by the end of FY 2019-20. This could be done through the following interventions:-

  1. Increase in the production of bivoltine silk (substitute) to around 8500 MTs p.a till 2020.
  2. Efficient Use of R&D for improvement in the production of silk per hectare from 100 kg per hectare to 11 kg per hectare.
  3. Central govt. will also provide improved reeling machines for mulberry (automatic machinery) and Vanya Silk (Buniyad Machinery) under Make in India programme. This will improve the quality of produced silk to meet the market demands.

Around 1 crore jobs will get created through this Sericulture Scheme of central govt. till 2020.

Financial Outlay:

A total allocation of Rs.2161.68 Crore has been approved for the implementation of the Scheme for three years from 2017-18 to 2019-20. The scheme will be implemented by the Ministry through Central Silk Board (CSB).


The scheme is expected to increase the silk production from the level of 30348 MTs during 2016-17 to 38500 MTs by end of 2019-20 with the following interventions:

• Production of import substitute bivoltine silk to the tune of 8500 MTs per annum by 2020.

• Research & Development to improve productivity from the present level of 100 Kgs to 111 kgs of silk per ha. of plantation by the end of 2019-20.

• Large scale propagation of improved reeling machines (Automatic Reeling Machine for mulberry; improved reeling/spinning machineries and Buniyad reeling machines for Vanya silk) under Make in India programme to produce quality silk to cater to the market demand.

The scheme will promote Women Empowerment and livelihood opportunities to SC/ST and other weaker sections of the society. The scheme will help to increase productive employment from 85 lakhs to 1 crore persons by 2020.


Improvement in Sericulture Scheme from Previous Scheme

This Integrated Scheme for Development of Silk Industry has the following improvements over the previous schemes:-

Making India Self Sufficient in Production of Silk till 2022. Govt. will increase the production of high grade silk in India to 20,650 MTs which currently stands at 11,326 MT. This scheme will minimize imports to zero.

Central govt. focus is only on the production of high quality silk. For this, govt. will increase 4A grade silk from current 15% to 25% of mulberry production till 2020.

Govt. will implement this scheme through convergence of other schemes like MGNREGS of Rural Development, RKVY & PMKSY of Ministry of Agriculture to maximize benefits for silk producers.

Department of Science and Technology, Agriculture and Human Resource Development will start various R&D projects. These projects will provide disease resistant silkworm, host plant improvements, productivity enhancing tools and implements for reeling and waving

Use of Silk worm by products, providing high quality seeds, establishment of new cold storages, providing mobile disinfection units are some of the other initiatives to boost silk production in India.

Central govt. will also focus on making mechanization affordable to make India self sufficient in the production of silk. Furthermore, govt. will also do brand promotion of Indian Silk in domestic as well as in Export Market.





I am so happy to see this scheme.l am now working in silk producing job myself.

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