All the 65 visiting delegates from foreign nations including Japan, China, France, Thailand, Romania, Rwanda, Uganda, Ethiopia, Kenya, Uzbekistan, Bangladesh, Paraguay, Uruguay and Turkey have lauded the initiatives taken by the Bodoland Territorial Council (BTC) administration in association with the Central Silk Board (CSB) for promotion of muga and silk worm rearing and export quality muga silk products.
The delegates accompanied by more than 100 delegates from various States of India made a special visit to the Udalguri District Sericulture Office located at Sapkhati in Udalguri and praised the authority for its sense of belongingness for the development and promotion of this agro-based farming in the remote areas of the country on Thursday.
Talking to Northeast Now, Makoto Kiuchi, research scientist from Japan said that he was overwhelmed by the natural way of rearing silk worms in this land.
He informed that Japan too has been following the natural way of rearing silk and muga worms for better production of yarns.
Another scientist from Romania, Daniel Dezwireau praised the discipline maintained at Udalguri for the scientific way of mixing with natural way to rear the worms.
“India will definitely be a leading nation very soon in production of muga and silk products,” added Daniel.
Another scientist of sericulture from France, Hott Jose also appreciated the standard norms in rearing silk and muga worms here at Udalguri Sericulture Office and hoped that the BTC administration would be self-reliant if the discipline is maintained.
Earlier, the foreign and Indian delegates were accorded warm welcome by the Speaker of BTC Assembly, Tridip Daimari; Secretary of BTC, Robinson Mochahari; Director of Sericulture, BTC, Jogesh Deuri; Assistant Director of Sericulture of Udalguri district, Harakanta Hazarika with traditional ‘Aronai’ and phulam gamosa.
The local artistes also entertained the delegates with folk dances like Bihu and Bagurumba and Zhumur dance on the occasion.
The programme was also attended by retired Secretary, Textiles, Government of India, Dr SK Panda; retired Member Secretary, Central Silk Board (CSB), Dr H Nagesh Prabhu; Scientist CSB, Dr Siddique Ali Ahmed; Joint Secretary, CSB, Sarat Deuri and Superintendent of Sericulture, Bhergaon, Anjan Chakravorty.