New Delhi: Union Textiles Minister Smriti Irani on Friday asserted that India would develop into “completely self-sufficient” in silk within the subsequent two years.
“We are now, in the next two years, going to become completely self-sufficient in silk. In terms of production of silk, we are the second after China,” she mentioned at a programme organized by enterprise chamber FICCI.
Noting that technical textiles is the way forward for textiles, the Minister mentioned it’s an space which she is extraordinarily eager on supporting and taking ahead.
Giving an instance, the Minister mentioned individuals presume that jute is barely used for gunny baggage, however it’s scientifically confirmed that whether it is utilized in development of roads, the lifetime of the street goes up by 5 years.
“For instance, if you are in the hilly areas for containing land slides, for the same you can use textiles. I think the technical textiles are the future of textiles. But in country which has brilliant handcraft legacy, we also are in a position to find new packaging avenues for our old crafts, new marketing modules and new markets.”
With a nation which is completely focused on constructing of 100 sensible cities and higher roads, Irani emphasised on advertising of textiles which, she mentioned, is the legacy of the nation.
Referring to gaps in advertising avenues, the Minister mentioned everyone who probably goes to New York is instructed that the perfect bedsheets you could possibly purchase are of Egyptian cotton.
“However, the Indian farmer produces a cotton known as Shankar which is a greater high quality of cotton then Egyptian cotton.
“…So its additionally about discovering your advertising avenues for the uncooked materials that we’ve in our nation, the opposite bigger producer of cotton and jute. Until you don’t understand your strengths, you can not have extra individuals focused on that avenue of trade.”
The Minister mentioned when the agenda is pushed by way of worldwide advertising, then they may see loads of Indian pursuits as nicely.
Irani mentioned that textiles are even utilized by the Indian Area Analysis Organisation as its shuttle programme makes use of a carbon-based textile from considered one of their institutions in Ahmedabad.