By our staff reporter
GUWAHATI, Dec 16: Grameen Sahara Assam is determined to boost the eri production in Assam through a ten-year project at Bijay gar at Chhaigaon in Kamrup district.
Speaking to this reporter, Grameen Sahara Assam secretary Sarat Chaudhury said, “Realizing the potential of Chhaigaon in eri production, we’re going to start a ten-year project in 2018. The main aim of this project is to try to provide an organized market to eri producers and the weavers at Chaigaon and to generate job avenues through eri production.” “We’re almost towards the end of the project and the good news is that we’ve successfully employed more than 2,000 youths and also have been successful in bringing direct gain to producers and weavers by decreasing the role of middleman in the trade,” Chaudhury said. Chaudhury, however, said that in spite of trying their level best to decrease the role of middleman in eri trade they have failed at certain places.
Chaudhury said: “Certain groups of non-Assamese business professiols are playing a major role of middleman in eri silk trade. They’re selling eri silk products produced in this area in the neighboring countries of India. They’re gaining huge profits paying very less to weavers and producers. To stop the mece of middleman and brining direct profit of exports to weavers we need the role of the government in it.”