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Silk cultivation in Odisha set to get a boost
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Jan '16
Silk cultivation is expected to receive a major boost in Odisha's mineral-rich Keonjhar district, after a Central Silk Board (CSB) team visited various pockets in the district recently and assured farmers of all help and insurance coverage.

The five-member Central team along with three local officials accompanied by silk growers visited several plantation sites under Ghatagaon, Patana and Harichandanpur blocks. The members met scores of farmers and leant the techniques the latter adopt to grow plants on which silkworms live on. They also inspected the methods used to extract thread from silk cocoons and spin yarns.

The team assured the farmers of providing technical knowhow to increase yield of cocoons and yarns.

Silk farmers told the Central team that they suffer losses when silkworms die of various diseases, leading to low production of cocoons. The officials said steps would be taken for an insurance cover for silk farmers.

Following the visit of the Central team, farmers are pinning their hope on the Union government to take steps to ensure increase in silk production and prevention of loss in case of damages caused by cyclones and diseases to silkworms. (SH)

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