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Golden Era of Silk Industry in BTC

   Age old traditional expertise in silkworm rearing and handloom weaving, for socio economic upliftment of rural populace in BTC who drifted away from the mainstream of the Assam due to political turmoil for almost two decades, the Central Silk Board had launched a Sub-Programme for Non Mulberry Sectors in Kokrajhar and Udalguri districts of erstwhile districts of Assam during the year 1999-2000 under the financial assistance from United Nation Development Programme (UNDP). Under the Sub-Programme, several initiatives were taken for systematizing the whole Sericulture sector with the ultimate objectives for increasing the silk productivity, quality and value addition.

   Just after establishment of the Bodoland Territorial Council as per the Memorandum of Settlement (MoS), Govt. of India on 10th February 2003, the Directorate of Sericulture, BTC in association with the Central Silk Board, Ministry of Textiles, Govt. of India carried out a comprehensive survey to assess the potential and further development of Silk industry in BTC. Accordingly, a Vision Document were prepared by Directorate of Sericulture, BTC & Central Silk Board, that addressed all the gaps and constraints, established backward and forward linkages viz. strengthening & creation of infrastructure, skill up-gradation, Technology up gradation training and social mobilization, product diversification and Designs development for value addition , market promotion etc.