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The Development of Indian Silk: A Wealth of Opportunities

By: Sanjay Sinha

Practical Action Publishing

Paperback | Jan 1990 | #56552 | ISBN: 1853390178
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As an industry, the production of silk is a highly employment-orientated, low capital-intensity activity and ideally suited to the conditions of a labour-abundant economy. Its production relies on the careful husbanding of caterpillars and the handling of cocoons. The object of this book is to provide an overview of the techno-economic issues in the production of silk in India, to examine the development impact of the activity and to suggest strategies for strengthening its contribution to rural development. A brief history of silk and a layman's description of production processes, from its origins in China to present-day producers, is followed by an examination of the policy and marketing efforts of the Indian government. The technological issues affecting the development of sericulture, and the all-important micro-economic issues, such as price, are explored. The book concludes with a summary examination of the development of the silk industry and considers how silk production may become more important to the rural development process.


Part 1 Silk in India: the importance of Indian silk; silk in the Indian economy - production, regional distribution, employment; trade orientation. Part 2 Products and production systems: sericulture; reeling; weaving; products and markets - the export market. Part 3 The policy environment: extension services for sericulture; research support; regulation of markets; direct intervention; export promotion; the national sericulture project. Part 4 Technology issues: sericulture; reeling; testing and grading; throwing; weaving; processing, printing and design. Part 5 Microeconomic issues in silk production: prices; returns; value added. Part 6 Maximizing development impact: the economic development of silk production; growth potential; distributional issues - economic disparities, technical change, women's power; strategies for development promotion - input supply, bivoltine development, extension services, technology development and transfer, price incentives and market development. Part 7 Lessons for tropical sericulture.

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