Indian Minister of State for Textiles Ajay Tamta has said the Government would be supportive to farmers engaged in sericulture sector in the Indian state of Assam. He promised to extend all support to the state to develop its sericulture sector and make it a dominant rural industry.
The sericulture industry constitutes an important aspect and holds a unique position in the economy of Assam. This region is a substantial producer of eri, muga, mulberry and oak tasar silk and produces about 10 per cent of the total natural silk produced in the country.
According to the Minister, the Indian Government has released an additional aid of more than Rs. 200 crore to develop infrastructure for sericulture sector in Assam which has immense potential for this sector.
During a meeting with couple of beneficiaries of Centrally-sponsored sericulture schemes in remote villages of Darrang in Assam, the Minister was informed about the problems being faced by farmers like lack of irrigation facilities and need of galvanized fencing for protection against cattle.