Jharcraft in pact to export tussar silk

Written by Commodities Bureau | Jamshedpur, Nov 14 | Updated: Nov 16 2008, 03:42am hrs
Jharcraft, which handles the manufacture and sale of tussar silk in Jharkhand, has entered into an agreement with the textile division of Murarka Organic Food Pvt Ltd (MOFPL) to sell silk products worth more than Rs 2 crore per annum. Jharkhand, which will be producing 300 tonne of tussar silk in 2008-09, leads the country in the production of the material.

Jharcraft recently received certification from global certifiers, OneCert Asia, for organic silk produced from cocoons developed in the Kuchai-Kharswan region of the state. The certification is helping Jharcarft fetch prices of around Rs 500 for a silk stole which earlier fetched only Rs 300 in the retail market, said Jharkhand deputy chief minister Sudhir Mahato in Jamshedpur on Friday.

The certification will also help farmers involved in cocoon rearing, spinning and weaving, in getting better prices, he added.

Mahato, who is also the state industry and forest minister, said that the agreement, signed on November 11 and valid till 2010, involves export of 6,000 tussar silk sarees and 20,000 silk stoles to countries such as the USA, Canada and the UAE .

The country has set a target of producing 425 tonne of tussar silk each year during the 11th Five-Year Plan (2007-11), Jharkhand, which alone produced 143 tonne in 2007-08, will be producing around 700 tonne during 2011-12, the last year of the Plan period.