From A Reporter
SHILLONG, Feb 6: The Central Silk Board on Monday held a Mini Resham Krishi Mela at Lawsohtun research Extension centre for the farmers of the Khasi Hills region. Speaking as the Chief Guest at the function, MDC from Laban constituency Ricky Shullai lauded the work of the board to help the farmers in the region, in order to help the people to earn their livelihood. Stating that he is not acquainted with the subject, he however said “But what I can understand is that the Central Silk Board is encouraging the farmers of Khasi region to improve the quality cloth production, rearing silk and to produce cocoon.” He further urged the farmer’s community to take advantage and this as their profession.
The Director of the Central Silk Board incharge of Eastern India, Kanika Trivedi in her address stresses that the farmers need to increase their silk production to 60 kg average from SK-6 X SK-7 and from Bicon-1 x Bicon-4. She also urged the Director Sericulture and weaving, Government of Meghalaya who is also present in the Mela to write to Chairman of the CSB for purchasing Automatic Railing Machines (ARM) at the subsidies rate of 75 PC.
The Director CSR&TI acknowledged the skill of the farmers of the Khasi Hills region, what they need is to improve the quality of production by taking advantage of the new machines that the CSB is providing at the very high subsidies rate, if the farmers are finding to put in the margin money let the state government bear the margin cost. In this Mela the farmers who has done well in this field were awarded with the certificate of application, the farmers who received the award are Blossom Nongrum, Emai Pyrtuh both from Jaintia Hills District, Bitalion Nongneng and Wankmen Thabah from East Khasi Hills District. Around 50 farmers from Khasi Jaintia Hills region attended the Mela chaired by Dr Collin Rynthlei.