NALBARI, Sept 20 – In order to promote the new technology in post-cocoon management developed by the Central Silk Technology Research Institute, Bangalore under the cluster development initiative of the Regional Silk Technological Research Station, Khanapara, two villages of Nalbari district have been selected to implement a national-level project. This is the first project of its kind in the North-east and the sixth in the country.
The implementing authority of the project had conducted a benchmark survey in the entire Nalbari district to explore the potential of the silk industry and finally selected Kakaya and Chatemari villages.
Under the project, 35 weavers from Kakaya and 37 from Chatemari have been selected to receive the latest technology support. The selected weavers will be provided computerised textile designs, loom upgradation techniques, certified looms and reeling and spinning machines for muga cocoon among others.
Talking to this correspondent, Dr Subrata Das and SN Mishra, scientists of the Regional Silk Technological Research Station, said that 80 per cent cost of the project would be borne by the Central Silk Board while 10 per cent would come from the State Government and another 10 per cent from the beneficiaries. They further informed that the project would provide a major boost to the weavers to produce quality products with competitive designs.
A two-day training programme for the selected weavers was held at the office of the Assistant Director of Sericulture Office, Nalbari recently. The training programme was attended among other by Dr Subrata Das, SN Mishra, Rajiv Munshi and Biman Sharma.
From the bankers’ side, Dilip Roy Choudhuri, chief manager, SBI, Dispur branch and Tapan Dutta of NABARD assured financial help to the weavers. The inaugural function was presided over by Arnab Tamuli, Deputy Director of the Sericulture Department.