The Meghalaya government had organized a one-day ‘Mini Resham Krishi Mela’ at Ummulong village in West Jaintia Hills. As a part of the event, an exhibition was held where various silk products, weaving and life-cycles of various silkworms were showcased. The fair was attended by 200 silk farmers who were addressed by Dr Collin Z. Renthlei, a senior scientist at the Central Silk Board Research Centre. Dr. Collin said that through this programme, they are trying to encourage the farmers by recognizing their work throughout the year in rearing silkworm.
Meghalaya being the hub of silk farming in the northeast, the state sericulture and weaving department is striving to promote and encourage farmers and youth to take up silk farming as an alternate source of income. The Textile Ministry here has implemented two schemes for silk production and development-the Integrated Sericulture Development Project (ISDP) and the Intensive Bivoltine Sericulture Development Project [IBSDP] covering Mulberry, Eri and Muga.
Under the ISDP scheme, Muga farming is being implemented in West Khasi Hills and West and North Garo Hills, whereas Mulberry is being grown in Jaintia Hills and Eri in Ribhoi district. Through the implementation of such schemes and projects, and providing integrated training to the farmers on technology, scientific way of hatching and rearing silkworms will improve the quality silk production in the state. It will help enhance the standard of living of the silkworm farmers.