State Innovation and Transformation Aayog (SITA) vice-chairman Ramen Deka reviewed its ongoing project entitled “an approach for enhancement of muga silkworm production in Assam” with its implementing partner Gauhati University Institute of Science and Technology, Gauhati University on March 16.
A detailed power point presentation was given by Dr Kangkana Kataki, research associate and Nilutpal Saikia, junior research fellow on various activities taken up on the project.
The review meeting discussed the production of disease-free eggs using cryopreservation, seed certification, production of quality planting material for muga silkworm production, identification of pests and diseases of muga silkworm using metagenomics, identification for reasons for stress and management of pests and diseases of silkworm and its host plant.
After a threadbare discussion on the project, Deka spoke on the importance of giving awareness to the farmers so that the objectives of enhancing production may reach the grass-root level.
He also stressed that the technicalities must be made aware to the cultivators so that production increases and be beneficial for making a livelihood.
The review meeting was attended by Dr Manab Deka, professor & head of Department, DS Hazari, ARO SITA and other officials.