Imphal: Manipur sericulture minister Awangbow Newmai handed over scooters to 35 agents to utilize during the door to door service to the Seri farmers at the launching of of 5-day ‘Cocoon Buyers and Sellers Meet Cum Exhibition 2021’ at Project Management Complex, Sangaipat on Friday.
Products including dress materials made from different types of silk and artifacts made from cocoons were displayed at the exhibition along with the cocoons brought from across the state.
The minister also launched a website of the department www.serimanipur.nic.in during the function.
Awangbow expressed his happiness that there has been an increase in the production of cocoon this year. Appreciating the department officials and Seri farmers/beneficiaries, he said the credit must be given to the hard efforts of all the people involved in the Seri production despite lack of manpower in the department and Covid pandemic.
Stating that giving door to door service by the agents is a big challenge as it is time bound, he was delighted to know that maximum numbers of women agents are involved in providing the service. He said the queries and issues of the Seri farmers/beneficiaries will be addressed by the agents where the two-wheelers handed over them today will be utilized during their work.
Stating that he had firsthand knowledge of the various issues of the Seri farmers/beneficiaries during his field visit at the Seri farms across the state, he assured to continue maximum support from the department in the near future too. He said the idea of the government as well as the department is to support people to make them self reliant and in the near future the target is to increase the raw silk production and products.
Appealing the Seri farmers/beneficiaries to spread awareness regarding Seri farming, he said they need not worry or get discouraged during the pandemic as the demand for the silk is increasing day by day in the State and the country. He said the meet cum exhibition is giving them a platform to sell their products to get better price. He also advised everyone to follow SoP guidelines laid down by the authorities during the Covid pandemic.
The objective of the ‘Cocoon Buyers and Sellers Meet Cum Exhibition’ was to reach out to the buyers and sellers in order to bring them at a common platform. The idea was to give buyers and sellers an opportunity for direct interaction to remove the middle man, so that buyers can get better raw silk material and the sellers can get better price.