Nagaland gets ‘Best Eri Silk Producing State’ award

Nagaland gets ‘Best Eri Silk Producing State’ award
Award winners from various states with Sushma Swaraj and Smirti Irani in Delhi.
DIMAPUR, FEB 10 (NPN) | Publish Date: 2/10/2019 11:10:27 AM IST

Nagaland was awarded as the ‘Best Eri Silk Producing State’ by Union minister of External Affairs Sushma Swaraj at a mega silk event – Surging Silk – in New Delhi on Saturday.

Informing about it on twitter, Nagaland chief minister Neiphiu Rio Sunday said: “Nagaland was awarded the “Best Eri Silk Producing State” in India by MoEA Sushma Swaraj at a mega silk event, Surging Silk, in New Delhi. The award recognises Nagaland’s contribution to the overall development of Sericulture and silk industry in India.”

The event was held at Vigyan Bhavan in New Delhi under the theme ‘Surging Silk’ with Union minister Sushmita Swaraj as the chief guest.

Speaking on the occasion, Union External Affairs minister Swaraj assured that the textiles ministry would provide all support for promoting silk in global markets. Swaraj also said silk is a strong commodity and there is huge demand for it in the international markets.

Union Textiles minister Smriti Irani, while speaking at the function, said that silk production increased by 41 per cent since 2013-14. During the event, best achievers in silk industry across various segments of sericulture in the country were honoured and awards were also given to the best performing states.

According to reports, a mobile application was also launched for quality certification in silkworm seed sector. India’s silk production capacity is expected to reach about 38,500 tonnes by 2020 from the current level of 32,000 tonnes, say reports.

It may be mentioned that India is the second largest producer of silk after China and the largest consumer of silk.

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