Silk Industry benefiting Assam locals

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Guwahati, Sep.22 (ANI): A fillip has been given to the sericulture industry in Assam with the State Government setting up a composite silk unit at the Chaygaon Industrial Growth Centre.

'Fabric Plus' has been set up at 'Chaygaon' in South Kamrup district of Assam.

For the establishment of the unit, the Central Silk Board (CSB), under the Ministry of Textiles, and the State Government of Assam has provided financial support to the promoter of the unit, "Fabric Plus Pvt. Ltd.", for installation of machineries and equipment.

Fabric Plus has contributed rupees 2.25 million to the State exchequer. The Central and State governments have provided a subsidy of Rs.155.30 lakh (Rs.15.53 million) and Rs.48.10 lakh (Rs.4.81 million) respectively.

Over 4,000 farmers of the State are likely to be benefited by the silk industry that will also help in offering employment to people in the State."The handlooms in our factory are again upgraded from the traditional handloom. We produce designer fabrics, customized goods and others. Our products are exclusive in the markets. Our customers appreciate our products very much," said Dilip Bora, Managing Director of 'Fabric Plus'.

"About 200 workers are employed in the factory and can earn a living and sustain their families. I hope the unemployment problem in the area shall also be reduced up to a certain level," said Sudip Pal, a worker.

The total raw silk production in Assam during 2008-09 was 1261 metric tonnes, which includes 1141 metric tonnes of Eri silk, 105 metric tonnes of Muga and 15 metric tonnes of Mulberry silk.

The growth of silk industry in the State has created avenues of employment and encouraged a large number of people to take to sericulture as a means of livelihood.

'Chaygaon' was once a hotbed of militant activities, the coming up of "Fabric Plus" silk industry is anticipated to motivate the local youth to take up a job and lead a normal life. By Peter Alex Todd (ANI)

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