SHILLONG, Feb 19: Union Minister of Textiles, Zubin Irani, inaugurated a Muga silk seed production centre in Tura, Meghalaya’s, West Garo Hills district.
The silk seed production centre was among four projects in northeast inaugurated by Irani through video link for development of silk sector in New Delhi on Tuesday.
Muga Silkworm Seed Production Centre (SSPC), Tura, Meghalaya is one of the projects taken up directly by Centre Silk Board(CSB) for implementation under Integrated Sericulture Development Project (ISDP) of NERTPS for creation of seed infrastructure units in NE States.
The infrastructure facilities available presently with the State are insufficient to meet the demand of required quantity of Muga basic seed.
The creation of additional Muga SSPC in Tura will strengthen the Muga seed sector to make the State self-sufficient for production and supply of Muga silkworm seed.
The seed production capacity of the unit is one lakh commercial dfls per year and around 300 farmers will be covered directly.
Apart from the silk seed production centre in Tura, the Union Minister also inaugurated a silk printing and processing unit in Agartala, Tripura, Eri spun silk mill in Sangaipat, Imphal and development of sericulture in Mamit, Mizoram.