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Vital boost for Pashmina Sector: H&H Deptt commissions OFDA 4000

SRINAGAR, MAY 10: In a major boost towards the testing and authentication of Pashmina, a state of art equipment OFDA 4000 stands procured by the Handicrafts & Handloom Department Kashmir.
The equipment was inaugurated by Director Handicrafts and Handlooms Kashmir, Mahmood Ahmad Shah, today at the Pashmina Testing and Quality Certification Centre, Bagh e Ali Mardan Khan Nowshera, Srinagar.
At this occasion, Director was briefed that the equipment was unique and its availability would enhance the testing process for classification of Pashmina and other fibres. He was also informed that the testing results of the equipment are more accurate and would decrease the time period required for testing and certification of Pashmina significantly.
Further the equipment is the first one to be commissioned in the UT of J&K and such facility of testing with OFDA 4000 is available at very limited places in the country.
The equipment is capable of testing more than 40000 fibres in less than a minute and can determine such characteristics of the fibre like micron, length, crimp etc. and can test Pashmina fibre, yarn and fabric thus making testing easy and hassle free.
With the availability of the OFDA 4000 the process of labeling of Pashmina based GI crafts particularly Pashmina, Kani and Sozni is set to receive a big boost and shall result in widespread use of the GI certified products and would also help in checking of counterfeit Pashmina.
Further the availability of the equipment would not only help in securing the future handmade Pashmina sector in the UT of J&K but shall also significantly increase the earning of the artisans associated with Pashmina craft.
On this occasion the staff of Handicrafts and Handloom Department and Pashmina Testing Centre were provided training by Hebert Hornik from Hornik Fibretech in the operation and maintenance of the equipment.
The Department intends to conduct awareness camps about GI testing and labelling so that the stakeholders of the Pashmina sector take advantage of the said facility.

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