Raw silk production in India should be doubled to 46,000 tons by the end of the Twelfth Five-Year Plan period, i.e. 2016-17, with an annual growth rate of 20-25 percent in silk production according to industry estimates. The area under mulberry cultivation in the country is likely to be raised from the existing mulberry area of 1,96,000 hectares to 3,00,000 hectares by the end of XII plan period.
The centre for silk research in Bangalore has developed innovative technologies and particularly machineries like Wet reeling machine for Tasar, Vacuum permeation cooking unit for mulberry silk reeling, Solar power operated eri spinning machine, and Mechanical Tasar cocoon sorting machine. These machines will be useful in increasing the productivity, reduction of drudgery and improvement in quality of silk thus taking the Indian silk industry to new heights.