Vanya Reshom Krishimela (Wild Silk fair)
Organization of Vanya Reshom Krishimela by CMER&TI, Lahdoigarh
Central Muga Eri Research & Training Institute (CMER&TI), Lahdoigarh, Jorhat organized a Vanya Reshom Krishimela on 15th February 2011 at Jhanji, Hahnchora in Jorhat district. The area is famous for different sericultural activities like muga, eri and mulberry. Shri Pranab Gogoi, Hon’ble Minister of Handloom, Textiles and Sericulture, Govt. of Assam took part as a Chief Guest on the occasion. The function was presided over by Prof. D.P. Khanikar, Dept. of Sericulture, Assam Agricultural University, Jorhat. Around six hundred farmers, sericulturist including participants from NGOs, SHGs, entrepreneurs from different parts of Assam, Nagaland, West Bengal (Coochbehar), Meghalaya were took part in the mela. Dr. K. Das, Senior Scientist of the institute enlightened about the aim and objectives of the Krishimela. An exhibition was also arranged on the occasion and different technologies on pre and post cocoon sector evolved by the institute were displayed. The exhibition was inaugurated by Shri Gogoi, Hon’ble Minister of Handloom, Textiles and Sericulture and expressed his happiness over innovations of the new technologies, products etc. developed by the institute. Farmers showed keen interest on different technologies/products and came forward to get benefit from the developments.
The Krishimela was inaugurated by an invocation presented by CMER&TI artists. Hon’ble Minister lightened the lamp to inaugurate the session. In his address towards the gathering, he highlighted the recent advances in eri and muga industry across the world particularly in China. He expressed that the muga production was very limited in comparison to demand of present market scenario. He requested Central Silk Board, Bangalore to give more financial assistance for overall development of the cottage industry in this region. He also emphasized on supply of high yielding seedlings of muga host plants to the farmers for better productivity. Shri Gogoi also pointed out about the recent efforts of Govt. of Assam for the development of Mejankari silk by plantation of mejankari host plant with a financial assistance of rupees two lakhs for revival of glamorous Kingkhap silk used by Ahom Kings. In this context, the Sericulture Minister requested Central Silk Board to cooperate with the scheme. He also described about diversified products developed by Choygaon Eri Spinning Mill and its demand in international market. He also emphasized on the use of silkworm pupae more effectively in different food item like Thailand, China etc. Silk yarn and pupae through proper utilization may be a source of livelihood for new entrepreneurs in this region, he added. Introduction of new diversified design of different silk products etc. as per the demand of fashion world may attract the new generations to this unique fabrics. He also explained on the aim and objectives of the handloom cluster project launched at Sivasagar district. In the occasion, an ecofriendly product viz. Phyto-blighton for leaf blight disease of soalu, two books on muga grainage technology in Assamese and English and one on eri culture in Assamese was released by the dignitaries. Dr. R.K. Rajan, Director, CMER&TI, Lahdoigarh expressed on recent developments on muga and eri industry and the new technologies by the institute.
Two progressive farmers Shri Baluram Chetia and Shri Bulton Bora from Golaghat and Lakhimpur district expressed their experiences in muga culture. They expressed their gratitude to Central Silk Board for their support in every aspect of their activities at their door steps and development of new technologies for the benefit of farmers. They also requested the state government officials to extend their help and support both in pre and post cocoon activities. In presidential address Prof. Khanikar discussed about recent advances in muga and eri culture in the state and expressed that it is our duty to save the industry ourselves.
A technical session was also arranged in the occasion and the Scientists delivered talks on management of leaf blight disease, management of perennial host plant of eri silkworm, improved rearing of muga and eri silkworm and improved cooking and reeling of muga cocoon by Dr. Ranjana Das, Dr. M.C. Sarmah, D. Goswami, B.N. Sarkar and Z.M.S. Khan respectively through audiovisual aids. A fruitful interaction had taken place between farmers and the scientist. During the occasion, ten best farmers were awarded for their enormous contribution, hard work and popularization of sericuluture with a certificate of appreciation and a gift, from different parts of India like Assam, Nagaland, Meghalaya, West Bengal, Uttar Pradesh and Gujarat. Most of the farmers were covered under cluster development programme. After the whole day programme, the function was concluded with a vote of thanks by Dr. M.C. Sarmah, Scientist of the institute.