Union Textile Minister Smriti Irani launched four projects in the Northeast for the development of the silk sector. Irani, through a video conference inaugurated a muga silk seed production centre in Tura, Meghalaya; silk printing and processing unit in Agartala, Tripura; eri spun silk mill in Sangaipat, Imphal; and a development project for sericulture in Mamit, Mizoram.
The Muga Silkworm Seed Production Centre (SSPC) in Tura, Meghalaya, is one of the projects taken up directly by the Centre Silk Board (CSB) for implementation under the Integrated Sericulture Development Project (ISDP) of NERTPS to create seed infrastructure units in the Northeast.
The infrastructure facilities available currently within the State are insufficient to meet the demand of required quantity of muga basic seed. The installed production capacity of the mill is 55 million tonne (MT) of quality eri spun silk yarn by consuming about 74 MT of eri cocoons per annum. The expected turnover at an installed capacity utilization of 80 percent during the first year is around Rs 10 crore with a net profit of Rs 3 crore.
A statement released read, ‘The project is expected to generate direct employment to 107 persons throughout the year and indirect employment to around 1,500 eri farmers through the backward linkage and around 730 weavers through forward linkage.’
The project for development of sericulture in the aspirational district of Mamit, Mizoram, was approved with a total cost of Rs 11.56 crore, which includes the Government of India’s share of Rs 10.82 crore.