Nagaland has been honoured with the ‘Best Eri Silk Producing State’ award by Union minister of External Affairs Sushma Swaraj at a mega silk event – Surging Silk – in New Delhi on Saturday.
Informing about it on his Twitter handle, Nagaland Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio on Sunday stated that the award has been conferred on Nagaland for its contributions to the overall development of the sericulture and silk industry in the country.
Nagaland Chief Minister Rio stated: “Nagaland was awarded the “Best Eri Silk Producing State” in India by Hon’ble MoEA Sushma Swaraj at a mega silk event, Surging Silk, in New Delhi. The award recognises Nagaland’s contribution to the overall development of Sericulture and silk industry in India.”
The event was held at Vigyan Bhavan in New Delhi under the theme ‘Surging Silk’ with Union minister Sushmita Swaraj as the chief guest.
#Nagaland was awarded the "Best Eri Silk Producing State" in India by Hon'ble MoEA @SushmaSwaraj at a mega #silk event, #SurgingSilk, in New #Delhi. The #award recognises Nagaland's contribution to the overall development of Sericulture and silk industry in #india.@smritiirani pic.twitter.com/Kl81d3GTZH
— Neiphiu Rio (@Neiphiu_Rio) February 10, 2019
Earlier, informing about the selection of Nagaland to be the ‘Best Eri Silk Producing State’ in India, Nagaland Chief Minister Rio through his Twitter handle on February 5, 2019 had congratulated the staff members of the department of Sericulture.
Speaking on the occasion, Union External Affairs minister Swaraj on Saturday assured that the textiles ministry would provide all support for promoting silk in global markets.
Union minister Swaraj also said silk is a strong commodity and there is huge demand for it in the international markets.
Union Textiles minister Smriti Zubin Irani, while speaking at the function, said that silk production has increased by 41 per cent since 2013-14.
During the event, best achievers in silk industry across various segments of sericulture in the country were honoured and awards were also given to the best performing states.
According to reports, a mobile application was also launched for quality certification in silkworm seed sector.
India’s silk production capacity is expected to reach about 38,500 tonnes by 2020 from the current level of 32,000 tonnes, say reports.
It may be mentioned that India is the second largest producer of silk after China and the largest consumer of silk.