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Rio for propagating cluster approach in sericulture

State chief minister Neiphiu Rio inspecting the stalls with other officials at state level sericulture workshop-cum-exhibition at Dimapur Club on Tuesday. (NP)
Staff reporter DIMAPUR, APR 27 (NPN)
Published on 28 Apr. 2010 12:12 AM IST
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State chief minister Neiphiu Rio on Tuesday called upon farmers to propagate cluster approach farming system in promoting small scale and cottage industry in the state. Inaugurating the two-day state level sericulture workshop-cum-exhibition under the ‘Year of Entrepreneurs’ as chief guest here at Dimapur Club, Rio said sericulture was not a new concept but people use a little of silk products and urged farmers to adapt to new technologies and avail the facilities facilitated by the centre and state government.
Rio said rearing cocoon was not hard practically and encouraged the entrepreneurs and farmers to propagate cluster approach so that everybody including the government and farmers could work together in promoting the products. He asserted that with the cluster approach, it would be easier for the government to facilitate technical assistance and market the products. He also called upon the farmers to opt for rearing cocoon, which would add income besides normal income rather than practice jhum cultivation, which bring diminishing return.
Chief minister also opined that the silk products could be used in designing motifs as Nagas have rich ethnic culture. Bringing into light that silk products are in high demand, Rio said the products should be produced in large quantity and marketed through proper channel to make commercially viable.
Maintaining that 80% of the population in the state live in rural areas and were engaged in agriculture sector, Rio said the collective effort of the government of India and state government along with farmers and entrepreneurs could bring potential development in various sectors. However, Rio lamented that majority of people in the state depended too much in the government adding the state would remain a consumer society unless individuals, farmers and entrepreneurs developed themselves and knew how to develop.
Rio also said demonstration centres were set-up in various places of the state to create public awareness however, public should know how to maintain and make use of the facilities and further urged people to have consistency in their work.
Rio also stated that the government would identify 1,000 genuine entrepreneurs from different districts in the state and give financial assistance under the year of entrepreneurs. He assured his support and expressed hope to see the result in few years time.
In his introductory and welcome speech, MLA Azheto Zhimomi, advisor, sericulture and co-operation department said the objective of the workshop was to create awareness and promote silk rearing. Azheto also expressed that transformation was crucial in grassroots level for silk industry. He also explained that silk rearing could start with low investment and suited in rural areas. Expressing that silk products were taken outside the state and he appealed the chief minister to look into the matter and assist fund to the department and ensure support to the entrepreneurs.
In the inaugural programme, L.H Thangi Manen, commissioner and secretary, sericulture and veterinary and animal husbandry department briefed the objectives of the workshop and activities of the department while vote of thanks was proposed by Mehozu Mekro, director, sericulture department.
The technical session was conducted by Naveen Padaki, scientist-B, central silk board, central sericulture technological research and training institute, Khanapara, Guwahati and Jampu Ronya, textile designer as resource persons.
Various eri silks products, weaving tools, and fabric products were exhibited during the workshop-cum-exhibition.

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