To commemorate the successful completion project on Applications of Remote Sensing and GIS for Sericulture Development executed by NESAC in collaboration with State Remote Sensing Application Centres of the country, a National level workshop was organized at NESAC during Aug 05-06, 2019. The project was sponsored the Central Silk Board (CSB), Ministry of Textiles to identify and map additional potential areas for development of silkworm food plants for 178 priority districts from 26 states in two phases; Phase-I: for 108 districts covering 24 states out of which 41 districts were from North Eastern Region (NER); Phase-II: for 70 districts covering 25 states out of which 20 were from NER. NESAC was assigned the responsibility of coordinating the programme for entire country. It was also envisaged to develop a geo-portal for integrating the potential area maps along with other required information for expansion of sericulture at district level. Accordingly a geoportal has been developed and hosted in the public domain as http://silks.csb.gov.in.
The project outcome in the form of a Project Atlas was released during the inaugural function of the workshop. SILKS webportals for the selected districts were also launched during the function. Shri R.R. Okhandiar, Member Secretary & CEO, CSB graced the inaugural function as the Chief Guest. About 90 delegates representing collaborating institutions, State Directorates of Sericulture, CSB institutions etc., attended the workshop. A new programme on geotagging of CSB assets was also launched as a part of the workshop.