Zhaleo bats for silkworm rearing

Zhaleo bats for silkworm rearing
Zhaleo Rio with members of Zeal SHG while handing over the seed money to them.
DIMAPUR | Publish Date: 3/11/2021 1:46:09 PM IST

Advisor, Sericulture, Excise & Minority Affairs,Zhaleo Rio (IAS Retd) has assured assistance and upgradation if farmers and the Self Help Groups (SHGs)could coordinate to make the “silk spinning unit” a progressive and productive centre.

He was speaking at a launching programme for Zeal SHG Medziphema’s “Silk Spinning Unit” on March 11 in the presence of government officials, leaders and farmers at Medziphema Town. “Silk Spinning Unit” was sponsored by department of Sericulture, government of Nagaland. 

Speaking as the special guest, Zhaleo felicitated both the Sericulture department and Zeal SHG for successfully establishing the unit and urged the members to contribute their best so the unit may be upgraded at a later stage. 

“It is an auspicious occasion for Medziphema sub-division since silkworm farmers will benefit the most through the unit,” he stated. Rio reminded that farmers play pivotal role in all agri and allied activities. 

While requesting the department to provide quality seeds for plantation which also give good prices for eri produce like cocoons, he urged the farmers to begin groundworks by clearing fields to avail maximum benefits during peak season. 

Hinting that the government alone can never employ every individual today, Rio reiterated that private sectors are a boon for employment and cited that silkworm rearing is one alternative where “the whole family can work together at home with ease.” Rio added that they take only 15-30 days for maturity to spin cocoons depending on season and as such, are excellent source of extra income which can be started as hobby or part-time jobs by anyone. While noting that silkworm rearing has other value-added products apart from production of silk, Zhaleo referred to “silkworm pickles can be stored for consumption later while the oil extracted from Castor seeds has medicinal uses.”

Rio revealed that many beneficiaries take government schemes casually and added that “in many cases under Sericulture department where farmers are provided assistance for building eri-rearing shades or rooms, farmers begin to occupy those rooms after a year or so which is utterly disappointing and it is because of such practices that our economy too is in ruins.” He urged farmers to keep working with sincerity and assured that “the government will extend all possible help at the right time.

Earlier, the programme was chaired by deputy director Sericulture, Vikehielie Pienyü, invocation was offered by joint director Sericulture, Yashimeren; technical information was presented by deputy director Sericulture, Alemkumzuk, a speech by leader of Zeal SHG, Megozomeü Khate while DSO Dimapur, Mhianizoto Meyase, delivered the vote of thanks.


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