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Silk route to rural growth
- Hemant promises to help youths become self-reliant

Ranchi, Feb. 7: Chief minister Hemant Soren today stressed the need for entrepreneurship and self-employment, while calling upon silk farmers and weavers to chart their own path.

Also, Hemant promised all possible assistance to make rural youths self-reliant.

The chief minister was speaking at the inaugural session of a state-level workshop organised by Central Silk Board and Jharcraft at Khelgaon in Hotwar.

ďInterested people will get every opportunity to learn the process of silk production. They will be provided all guidance. After learning the tricks of the trade, I hope, rural people will open their own units. Instead of migrating to other states, produce silk and generate job opportunities for yourself and others too,Ē he told the gathering of over 5,000 farmers and weavers who took part in the workshop.

Hemant urged them to learn entrepreneurship skills and become the master of their own fate. On the occasion, the chief minister felicitated 48 silk farmers.

The daylong workshop was organised to educate farmers about different aspects of Catalytic Development Programme (CDP), proposed under the 12th Five Year Plan. During the technical session, scientists from Central Silk Board explained farmers about the scheme, how it would be executed, farmersí role and the stateís contribution in the project. Also, the participants were given tips on entrepreneurship skills.

The scheme to be implemented by the Central Silk Board and Jharcraft across Jharkhand aims to provide an impetus to silk production. Under the project, farmers will be taught various techniques right from seed rearing to producing silk yarns to boost qualitative and quantitative output.

Currently, Jharkhand, which yielded 2004MT in 2013, is the largest producer of tussar in the country. Karnataka, on the other hand, is the largest mulberry silk producer in India.

According to Jharcraft officials, the scheme seeks to increase annual tussar output in Jharkhand up to 8,000MT by the end of the 12th plan period (2012-17).

Jharcraft managing director Dhirendra Prasad said the state would provide all necessary help to farmers, who are keen to start their own units and produce silk.

Also, the Central Silk Board and Jharcraft will help weavers procure solar-operated weaving machines in villages where electricity has not reached yet.

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