Manipur has greater scope for production of silk products much more than it has produced so far, member secretary and CEO of Central Silk Board Rajit Ranjan Okhandiar said on Friday.
Okhandiar was addressing the inaugural function of the one-day state level workshop on Silk Samagra-two for Sericulture Development in Manipur, held at the Hotel Classic Grande in Imphal East.
Pointing out that silk cloths are usually regarded as a luxury item and the raw material does not exist everywhere, he said, “If we are able to get the optimum from this sericulture sector, the state might not need any other employment generation programme. It will be a boom for all.”
Stating the need to complete integration with the researchers, government functionaries, the Silk Board and sericulture for better growth, he also apprised the participants to consider the workshop as a new perspective, and take it seriously and clear their doubts.
“With the efforts, sincerity and hard work of the beneficiaries of the Silk Samagra-2 we are hoping that Manipur will be very familiar with the outcome of silk and silk products in the coming years thus increasing the income of the beneficiaries,” he added.
The Silk Samagra-2 was launched recently by the Central government to bridge the technological gap faced by the sericulture and aims to focus on setting up individual silk industry units.
The function was attended by Sericulture secretary Shailesh Kumar Chourasia as president and nodal officer of all NE states and scientist-D, CSB, Bangalore VK Rahmathulla, as guest of honour.