Union Minister Ajay Tamta on Saturday said the Centre is seeking proposal from the Meghalaya government to establish a cocoon bank in the state with an aim to make raw materials available throughout the year.
The Union Minister of State for Textiles said this after inspecting the oldest sericulture unit her.
“Adequate funds will be allotted for the Cocoon bank but the proposal has to come from the state government as they has to felicitate the infrastructure and the land for the same,” Tamta said.
The Ministry of textiles is making a huge lot investment in silk firming and preservation of various silk products, he said “This will help the reelers and the reeling units of the states and make available the raw material throughout the year,” he said.
Established in 1925, the sericulture unit at Lawsohtun area here has been providing sericulture seeds to the farmers and promoting it.
The Minister of State for Textiles also interacted with various farmers from across the state.
To promote and preserve the silk cultivation from animal intrusion, the Ministry of Textiles is also contemplating in providing solar fencing as well, he said.
The Centre is also providing power loom as it is one of the key developments in the industrialization of weaving, he added.