Silk Board Chairman visits East Siang

PASIGHAT, Oct 26: Chairman, Central Silk Board (CSB), Ministry of Textiles K M Hanumantharayappa assessed the progress of sericulture projects implemented under Intensive Bivoltine Sericulture Development Project (IBSDP) under NERTPS (North East Regional Textile Promotion Scheme) in East Siang district.
He visited the sericulture farms and rearing centres of the beneficiaries at New and Old Borguli and Seram, Debing, Rayang, Sille.
He encouraged them to take up the profitable venture of sericulture for their economic improvement and get maximum yield by availing all the technical know-how and assistance provided by sericulture staff and also to give utmost care and maintain the sapling for its healthy growth and optimum yield.
The farmers also apprised and sought support in procuring tools and machines under NERTPS.
All support to beneficiaries in all the stages from soil to silk, will be provided under the NERTPS being implemented by the Department of Textiles and Handicrafts, Government of Arunachal Pradesh, he said.
Addressing beneficiaries of the mulberry cluster groups in Borguli, the CSB Chairman, who is also a well known sericulturist, said that there is huge demand and market for mulberry and other silks and the Arunachal Pradesh and NE Region can be a major producer of silk by taking up sericulture.
Commissioner, Textiles and Handloom Tahang Taggu also termed sericulture as a very viable economic activity in the farming sector adding that there is vast available land and favourable weather conditions. (DIPRO)