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Central govt to help develop Assam's sericulture sector
Jan '17
The Central government will help Assam develop its sericulture sector, said Ajay Tamta, Union minister of state for textiles. This sector helps sustain the livelihood of a chunk of the rural population of the state. He said that a sum of Rs 200 crore has already been released for Assam and additional fund will be provided for developing its infrastructure.

There is a need to explore the state’s potential in sericulture, which is an age-old tradition. The government will provide the required support to make it a dominant industry of the state’s rural area, added Tamta while addressing media persons during his visit to the various clusters of Assam.

Tamta also said that modern technologies will be made available for farmers and issues like water shortage and garden fencing problems will soon be resolved.

Additionally, he also added that the textiles ministry has approved 22 projects as part of the North Eastern Region Textiles Promotion Scheme, with the government sharing Rs 646.53 crore to help develop the production of eri, mulberry and muga silk in this region. Tamta said that these projects are expected to produce additional 1472.44 metric tonnes of raw silk.

The minister was also of the opinion that sericulture sector needs to be diversified into a high-yielding economic activity to generate employment and ensure returns to farmers. (KD)

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