IMPHAL, November 18: A four-day workshop on core training programme of sericulture kicked off at the premise of Project Management Complex of the Directorate of Sericulture Manipur at Sangaipat, Imphal East.
Director of Sericulture H Ginjamang Simte said that sericulture in the state is very popular and have many potential as exhibited during the Phase-I of the scheme taken up under the funding through a nodal agency, the Japan International Co-operation Agency (JICA). The focus then was on mulberry but in the second phase it will be on eri-culture, he stated adding that Manipur has great potential state for eri-culture and the department has already identified two places for introduction of the project in Jiribam and Moreh.
Eri-culture is best suited in hot climatic conditions, so these two areas which possess hospitable climate even in the winter season, he stated. The department of sericulture hopes that through such training on the technology as well as other aspects, the trainer will be able to train the farmers in their areas. We have many programmes in the pipeline now. It includes orientation programmes in every block, said Simte.
Now, we have a training centre for sericulture in Kwakta, where 50 students with qualification of Class XII are undergoing training at the centre. For the more knowledge on the field of sericulture the 50 trainees will be sent to Mysore for further studies within a very short period, he informed.
He said now the intake process for beneficiaries will be after identification of persons who love sericulture. The projects of mulberry culture have already been set up in Ukhrul and Churachandpur. And at a very short period Oak Tasar will be introduced in the state, he stated expressing hope that the funding nodal agency will be compliant.
We should try to form clusters consisting of 50-60 members for eri-culture projects and we must ensure they get the targeted goals, he added.
Simte further said that the most significant problem for sericulture is marketing sector. We should give cash payment on spot to the farmer while buying the cocoons to encourage them in seri-works. Sericulture has less manpower as most of the staff of the directorate is going to retire on 2017. With this regard the approval for appointment of some staff under contract basis is underway, he added.
The core training programme was presented by SA Ahmed Scientist-B CMER&TI, Dr Ramesh Mittle Deputy Director NIAM Jaipur and it was conduct under the theme ‘The Value Addition and Marketing Management of Eri culture’ by Central Muga Eri Research and Training Institute, Ministry of Textile and CCS National Institute of Agriculture Marketing, Ministry of Agriculture, Government of India.