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'CSB's support improves sericulture in India's Nagaland'
Dec '13
Activities of sericulture have improved in the far North Eastern Indian state of Nagaland owing to the intervention of the Central Silk Board (CSB) during the 9th Five Year Plan, said Parliamentary secretary for Sericulture, Cooperation and Women Development of the state, Pukhayi Sumi, during the state level workshop on ‘Implementation of Catalytic Development Programme (CDP) during XII Plan’ held recently in the city of Dimapur.
Addressing the farmers in the state during the CDP workshop, Mr. Sumi said Nagaland now has the sufficient resources and raw materials to produce different types of silk on a large scale, reports Nagaland Post.
However, Mr. Sumi said that during recent visits to departmental and private silkworm farms in the state, most of the farm buildings, quarters, and rearing houses built in the 1960s and 70s are in dilapidated condition, needing immediate attention, and due to poor transportation network in the state, field officers of the department are finding it hard to reach the rural populace.
The Parliamentary secretary urged the CSB to further extend its support and help the state’s Sericulture Department in research and development activities in order to enhance production of raw silk in Nagaland.
At the workshop, Sarat Deori, joint secretary of CSB, said the objective of the workshop was to create awareness on the modalities and guidelines on implementation of CDP for achieving the set target of silkworm production in the country by the end of the 12th Plan.
Nagaland is the third largest in rearing of silkworms in the North East region of the country, and other North East states also have huge potential to thrive on silkworm rearing, he added.
According to secretary of the Sericulture Department of Nagaland Bendang  Longchari, North East region in India has a huge potential to uplift the rural economy through sericulture as silkworms can be harvested four to five times a year, but in order to maximize silk production, North Eastern states should work as a cohesive unit to achieve the goal.
The workshop was held by state Sericulture Department in order to provide technical assistance to sericulture farmers in Nagaland to enhance silk production in the state, under the Indian Government’s Catalytic Development Programme (CDP), that aims to scale up silk production, particularly, the production of quality, bivoltine and improved cross breed silk cocoons in the country through cluster approach.

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