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Indian govt launches project to boost tassar production
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Aug '12
India’s Ministry of Rural Development has partnered with the Central Silk Board (CSB) to launch a three-year-long development project to improve and add-value to tassar rearing in Jharkhand.
 
The project will also be implemented in Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, Bihar, Chhattisgarh, West Bengal and Orissa under the Ministry's 'Aajeevika - National Rural Livelihood' programme.
 
Jharkhand being the world leader in rearing organic tassar has been given a share of around Rs. 239.4 million for the 6,457 beneficiary farmers residing in the districts of Saraikela, East and West Singbhum, Godda, Pakur, Deoghar and Dumka. The cost of the project is the highest in Jharkhand amongst all the seven states. 
 
Mr. Dhirendra Kumar, the MD of, Jharkhand Silk Textile and Handicraft Development Corporation Limited (Jharcraft), in an interview with Fibre2fashion, confirmed, “Under this project, the Ministry and CSB wish to cover the districts of Godda, Dumka and Saraikela, among others.”
 
He informs that since Jharcraft already has been working in these three districts, they wish to send a proposal to the authorities suggesting to cover other regions in the state. “I have suggested that they should move on to new districts like Latehar, Daltonganj, Garhwa, Chatra, Koderma and Hazaribagh because the districts of Godda, Dumka and Saraikela have already been engaged by Jharcraft,” he says.
 
“I still have not received the project reports and only after receiving the reports we will be in a better position to speak to the authorities. If the CSB is targeting the same areas then we would tell them to concentrate on other districts because these areas and rearers are already engaged with Jharcraft,” he adds.  
 
Explaining the reason for Jharcraft’s objection, he avers, “The areas that we have covered are all organic as we have got the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) certification. We have changed the rearing process and techniques and every year we go for organic certification and accomplish all formalities.”
 
“If someone else comes to work in the same area and they use chemical pesticides and fertilizers, then it will create a problem for us, since we have to maintain the organic standards in that area as per our certification,” he clarifies.
 

Fibre2fashion News Desk - India

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