Release of Sericulture Phase II project atlas for NER by Hon’ble Sericulture Minister, AssamNew

Shri R.R. Okhandiar, IFS, Member Secretary, CSB, Bengaluru giving his opening remarks during inauguration function

A two days workshop on Applications of Geospatial Technology for Sericulture Development was organized jointly by NESAC and Central Silk Board (CSB) at Assam Administrative Staff College, Guwahati during October 22-23, 2018. About 60 Scientists and officials from CSB, State Directorates of Sericulture, State Remote Sensing Application Centres and NESAC participated in the workshop.

Inauguration function of the project was started with the welcome address by Shri P.L.N. Raju, Director, NESAC, Shillong followed by opening remarks from Shri R.R. Okhandiar, IFS, Member Secretary, CSB, Bengaluru. Dr. Bijoy K. Handique, Scientist-SF, NESAC & Project coordinator gave an overview of the programme

Shri Hemanta Narzary, IAS, Principal Secretary, Handloom, Textiles & Sericulture, Govt. of Assam was the guest of Honour of the function and he highlighted the various issues and challenges faced by the sericulture industry. He urged upon all the stakeholders to work out towards supporting the sericulture farmers to making it more profitable and attractive for the new generation.

Project Atlas for Sericulture Development (Phase II: NE states) and SILKS portal for the selected 20 districts was released by Shri Ranjit Dutta, Hon’ble Minister of Handloom, Textiles & Sericulture, Govt. of Assam. In his address he appreciated the effort of CSB and NESAC in applications of geospatial technology in sericulture development in the country and particularly in NE states. He highlighted the Muga Mission, a flagship programme initiated by Government of Assam for doubling the Muga production in the state

A training on Geotagging of assets created with the financial support of CSB was conducted on Oct 23, 2018 for the officials from various regional centres and units of CSB in NER. For geotagging of assets, a mobile app and a dashboard platform has been developed NESAC