Ministry of Textiles24-March, 2015 18:40 IST
Launch of Sericulture Schemes in Manipur

PRESS NOTE

Minister of State for Textiles (I/C), Shri Santosh Kumar Gangwar launched two sericulture schemes for Manipur today, at the state capital Imphal.

 

Phase II of Sericulture Project for Valley Districts of Manipur

 

The Ministry of Textiles, Government of India has approved Phase–II of Manipur Sericulture Project under the North East Region Textile Promotion Scheme (NERTPS). The project has been approved for implementation of Mulberry Sericulture development programmes over a period of three years - from 2014-‘15 to 2016-‘17 - at a total cost of Rs. 149.76 crores, of which the Ministry’s share is Rs. 126.60 crores. The central share of Rs. 30.08 crores meant for 2014-‘15 has already been released to the state. The Department of Sericulture, Govt. of Manipur has brushed 11.69 lakh mulberry dfls in the project area and has produced 615.45 MT of cocoons with a cocoon productivity of 52 kg/ 100 dfls with the existing acreage available, with around 2500 farmers.

 

The project is expected to yield 638 MT of mulberry raw silk with a value of Rs. 159.38 crores during the project period. After attaining full potential, the project will facilitate production of 203 MT of mulberry raw silk/year with a value of Rs.50.62 crores at current prices.

Integrated Sericulture Development Project for Hill Districts of Manipur

 

The project for the development of Eri & Mulberry in hill districts of Manipur under NERTPS, over a period of three years from 2014-15 to 2016-17, has been approved by Ministry of Textiles. The project has been approved at a total cost of Rs. 30.39 crores, the Ministry’s share being Rs. 24.67 crores.

 

The project is expected to yield 29 MT of mulberry raw silk & 38 MT of eri spun silk with involvement of 1,400 project beneficiaries during the project period. Further, after attaining full potential, the project shall facilitate production of 20.60 MT of mulberry raw silk & 31 MT of eri spun silk per annum.

 

The project interventions will address the gaps and facilitate optimum utilization of the infrastructure created at the beneficiary as well as Government level. The beneficiaries will be supported for raising plantation, rearing houses, farming and rearing appliances, training etc. which will enable them to earn an average income of Rs.45,000/- per acre/year/farmer from the sale of mulberry cocoons, and Rs. 36,000/- per acre/year/farmer from eri culture activity; this shall be in addition to their regular income through existing avocation/agriculture activity. The group based activities viz. Chawkie Rearing Centres and Common Facility Centres for reeling, twisting, spinning, design development and weaving shall provide necessary linkages for value addition and marketing within the project clusters. The linkages for silkworm seed and marketing support built into the project shall ensure sustainability of the activity after the completion of the project. The project shall also help to create local employment for those who otherwise migrate at regular intervals to urban areas.

 

Launching the schemes, the Textiles Minister said that the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has a special concern for the states of the North Eastern Region. In line with this, the Textiles Ministry is implementing various schemes to boost the textiles sector in the region.

 

Shri Gangwar expressed his Ministry’s commitment in pursuing the development of all segments of textiles industry in North East, by giving particular thrust to improving earnings of primary producers and workers. He said that the Ministry is working in a committed manner to enable the workers of the Indian textiles sector to get due value for their rich cultural products. He assured that all necessary cooperation will be extended to all stakeholders for strengthening the textiles sector in the country.

 

Secretary, Textiles, Dr. S. K. Panda said that the Ministry has tried to give maximum possible attention to the states of the North East Region. He said that the textiles sector has huge potential for generating income and employment. He explained how the schemes launched today will contribute to the realization of this potential.

 

Related:

 

Ø  Apparel and Garment Making Centre for Manipur

Ø  Power Loom Estate for Manipur

Ø  Scheme to Promote Geotechnical Textiles in North East

 

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DJM


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