During the period Jan – Jun 2014, the scientists and staff of CSTRI have risen to the challenges of the industry and come out with technologies which shall bring a paradigm shift in the field. In particular the development of hot air drier and pupae separating machine will bring in major change in the way the pupae is handled and also addresses the environmental issue. Further, process protocol of degumming of silk hank under pressurised conditions has been developed and technology filed for patenting. These technologies have been well accepted in the field. This was brought to fruition in such a short period of one year. Apart from this, technologies like application of enzymes in tasar fabric finish and tasar cocoon cooking have been initiated.
The fruits of R &D are taken to the field through the CDP programme and in this period, CSTRI & its sub units have implemented 221 schemes across the country. CSTRI & its sub units have been in the forefront in implementing the CSB’s flagship programme i.e., Integrated Skill Development Scheme (ISDS). During the period, 62 no. of different types of programmes were conducted and 1250 no. of persons were trained in enhancing their skill.
As we are in the middle of the XII five year plan period, I take the opportunity to urge the fellow scientists to raise to the task of achieving the various targets under XII plan and thereby serving the large cause of the silk industry.
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SUBHAS V. NAIK