With sericulture activities spread across 60,000 villages, the Indian silk industry is one of the largest generators of employment and foreign exchange for the country. India enjoys a unique global position in terms of producing all the commercially useful varieties of silk.
The states of Karnataka (7,338 metric tonnes), Andhra Pradesh (5, 161 metric tonnes), West Bengal (1,885 metric tonnes), Tamil Nadu (1,182 metric tonnes) and Jammu & Kashmir (120 metric tonnes) were the major producers of mulberry silk in India during 2010-11. In the same year, Maharashtra (202 metric tonnes), Madhya Pradesh (104 metric tonnes), Kerala (26 metric tonnes) and the north-eastern states produced non-mulberry or wild silks.
In India, the silk industry generates employment for approximately 7 million people (2010-11), which includes farmers and small households.
Indian Silk Export Promotion Council
The Indian Silk Export Promotion Council (ISEPC) has initiated programmes for the growth and development of the silk industry. ISEPC organizes trade shows and fairs across the world to promote trade with different countries. The Council also facilitates meetings between exporters and potential customers.
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