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Nagaland major contributor in silkworm production

Member secretary central silk board, ministry of textile, M. Sathiyavathy IAS speaking at the inauguration of Cocoon Bank for Vanya Silk constructed by department of sericulture at Signal Anagami village, Dimapur on Wednesday. (SDIO, Dimapur)
Published on 21 Apr. 2011 1:35 AM IST
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Department of sericulture inaugurated cocoon bank for Vanya silks at Signal Angami Village, Dimapur on April 20.
While inaugurating the new building, member secretary, central silk board, (CSB) ministry of textiles, government of India, M. Sathiyavathy, IAS said Nagaland was a land of intriguing traditional design and motifs, which needed to be produced in mass quality to boost state economy.
Pointing out that there were four varieties of silk worms (Eri, Muga, Mulberry and Oak Tafar) found in the world, of which, four are easily found in Nagaland, she said that in terms of silkworm production unit in the country, Nagaland was a major contributor where the state alone contributes 95% in Eri (272 metric ton) and 99% in Muga. However the state needed to improve its technical know-how to enhance quality yarning, dying and processing for mass production, she said and added that in terms of quality production, the state quality was slightly mediocre which needed to improve to compete with other established country.
She said to discourage farmers selling their products in a cheaper rate at un-organised market, the state government needed to uplink marketing facilities with proper prices according to the quality so as to encourage the state farmers and also to provide trainings on both plant development and plant rearing, for silk worm rearing.
The available plants are kessuru, castor and tapioca, she added.
Informing that Nagaland is the third state in the whole country and the second state in the North- Eastern State to establish Cocoon Bank after Assam, she said CSB was under consideration for two more establishments of Cocoon Banks in the state.
Director sericulture, Watimongba Walling in his short speech thanked the Ministry of Textiles for the contribution towards the new building. The new building was constructed under Catalytic scheme through Central Silk Board, Ministry of Textiles and the project cost is RS 3.50 lakhs.
Speaking as the special guest, deputy commissioner Dimapur, Maong Wati said that with the introduction of Look East Policy, the government was encouraging the people to become economically self-dependent, citing the example of cocoon bank inauguration.
He said that a door of opportunity has opened for people of the state to undertake business venture like silk worm rearing which Nagas have potential to up link even to the far–east Asian country and Pacific circle. He said to become economically self dependent, the mindset and attitude of the people need to change from consuming to contributing to the society.

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