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Nagaland sets up cocoon bank
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May '11
Nagaland state authorities, who are eager to boost their silk industry and thereby the economy of the Naga villages, have set up a Cocoon Bank at Signal Angami Village in Nagaland's Dimapur.

The bank launched by the Ministry of Textiles and inaugurated by the Department of Sericulture, aims to boost the region's silk productivity and raise its nationwide competitiveness.

Presently the bank looks after silk yarn production, and employs a large number of people.

The authorities purchase cocoons from all the villages of the state to extract silk which is used to produce garments and other materials.

This has helped the local farmers to earn better price for cocoons than what they earlier used to get when the markets were unorganized.

The Sericulture Department now intends to impart technical know-how to the villagers regarding cocoon production.

Nagaland is a home to four varieties of silk worms namely, Mulberry, Eri, Oak Tafar and Muga. The state last year produced 1.6 metric tons of Oak Tassar, 3 metric tons of Muga and 273 metric tons of Eri silk.

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