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Union minister of state for textiles Ajay Tamta has said that the Central government would extend its help to boost the production of silk in Manipur. He added that the Centre would take all possible measures to encourage the young generation for silk rearing, as silk production plays a significant role in generating employment in the state.

Manipur is one of the largest producers of silk in the North-east region and produces multiple varieties of it, said Tamta while speaking to the media in Imphal. He added that scientists should produce high-yielding variety of silk to boost the state’s silk production.

The Union minister also visited Regional Oak Tasar Research Station (ROTRS) and interacted with farmers. Officials of sericulture department, who accompanied Tamta to ROTRS, emphasised on issues related to the department's functioning. Tamta assured that necessary help will be provided to promote the state’s sericulture, handloom and handicraft products. (PA)

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