- In what could be a landmark innovation, scientists at Indira Gandhi Krishi Vishvavidyalaya (IGKV) have developed yarn of linen cloth from flax plant – a first in India.
- So far, Indian linen fabric manufacturers have had to import yarn due to its unavailability in India.
- Aiming to increase the yield of linseed, which is another name for flax seed, IGKV scientists carried research and used the stem of linseed plant to develop the linen yarn.
- The development of this yarn under the research project is expected to boost the handloom.
- The university will continue to pitch in the research to farmers so that it not only fetches them additional income but bring about reformative changes in the textile industry.
- In Chhattisgarh, linseed is cultivated in the tribal-dominated districts of Kanker, Durg, Rajnandgaon, Kawardha and Mungali across an area of 3,000 hectare.
- Apart from the flax seeds fetching INR 6,000 per quintal, the additional use of the stem for linen production would help farmers as well.
- The extracted yarn can also be used to make paper, decorative and handicraft items, which would boost Chhattisgarh’s handloom and handicraft industry.