India's Junior Minister for Textiles, M V Dhananjay Kumar, admitted on Friday silk exports had dipped since September 11 but that the forthcoming four-day International Silk Congress would address the problems of the industry and exports.

The event, which starts in Bangalore on Monday, is expected to attract over 200 industry experts from 35 countries, with the focus on sustaining production and supply of raw silk, popularisation of silk as an eco-friendly fibre and enlarging its consumer base.

The minister added that the fair would also provide a platform for industrialists, technocrats and policy makers to interact with their counterparts abroad and analyse global trends, while local silk manufacturers and traders would be able to showcase their products to the world.

India is the second largest silk producer in the world after China, although silk production in the rest of the world has declined in recent years.