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FIRST-EVER TUSSAR SILK YARN PRODUCTION CENTRE AT CHOUDWAR

FIRST-EVER TUSSAR SILK YARN PRODUCTION CENTRE AT CHOUDWAR

Context:

Recently, the Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC) has started a historic initiative to set up the first-ever Tussar Silk Yarn Production Centre at Choudwar in Cuttack district in Odisha.

About the Centre:

  • It was inaugurated on September 24, 2021, by the Chairman of KVIC, Vinai Kumar Saxena.
  • It will ensure local availability of Tussar Silk yarn, reduce the silk production cost as well as create local employment.
  • Tussar silk is one of the finest varieties of Silk. It is distinguished by its coarseness and porous weave, giving it a rugged and rustic appearance.
  • It is set up at a cost of Rs 75 lakh.
  • It is capable of producing 200 kg of silk yarn worth Rs 94 lakh annually.
  • The development assumes great significance as silk comprises nearly 75% of the total khadi fabric production in Odisha.
  • The centre will create direct employment for 50 artisans besides giving livelihood support to over 300 tribal farmers engaged in cocoon farming.

Tussar Silk Yarn:

  • It is wild silk made up of tussar cocoons.
  • It is only produced in India and it is available from October to January.

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