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Bangalore has silk testing centers

The Silk Mark Organisation of India (SMOI) has set up nine testing centers in prime retail hubs in Bangalore to ensure silk quality. The organisation has introduced Silk Mark, a system to quickly and conveniently test the purity of silk by trained personnel. Consumers can benefit from purity tests like flame test and microscopic test, and an invoice and a sample test report are given after the test. SMOI is a registered society under the Karnataka Society Act 1960. The Silk Mark labels are in the form of paper hangtags and sew-in labels.

The Central Silk Board has developed new groups of silkworm seeds of mulberry and Vanya silk. These silkworm groups are expected to enhance the income of the farmers with their improved productivity and quality. This silkworm range will aid tribal farmers belonging to various parts of the country such as Jharkhand, Chattisgarh, West Bengal, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh as they can get 52 kilograms of cocoons per 100 disease free layings.

Additionally, Multivoltine x Bivoltine mulberry (PM x FC2), a hybrid group of silkworm, can make 60 kilograms per 100 dfls. This group of silkworms is said to be more productive than the earlier PM x CSR. The high-quality silk and significant egg recovery make this race more appropriate for farmers.