Orissa Government likely to set up Sericulture research institute says Chief Minister
: The State Government is planning to set up Sericulture research institute in state. This was announced by Orissa Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik said at a workshop on sericulture management at Bhubaneswar on Thursday. He said the state Government would set up the SSRDI for proper management and growth of the sector.
State Handloom and Handicraft Minister Anjali Behera said that the State aims a production of about 500 tons of silk by 2020. She said while 10,000 weavers in the State need 500 tons of silk, Odisha produces only 81 tons. The need is to strengthen the sector to fill the gap.
Of the four types of silk produced in the country -- mulberry, tasar, eri and muga - Odisha produced the first three varieties, Behera said.
At present around 12,000 hectare of land in the State is under sericulture farming, officials said. Sericulture provides livelihood to many poor and tribal people in Mayurbhanj, Keonjhar, Sundargarh, Jajpur, Deogarh, Kandhamal, Rayagada, Koraput, Gajapati, Kalahandi, Dhenkanal and Nabarangapur districts.