Traditional silk sector to be revitalized


Director General of Bangladesh Silk Development Board (BSDB) Abdul Hakim on Saturday said that the traditional silk sector will be revitalized through adopting a mega project.

“We are now in a position of undertaking a Taka 300-crore mega project to regain its lost glory,” he said while presiding over the opening ceremony of a daylong silk festival in Rajshahi, reports BSS. BSDB organized the festival on its Silk Factory premises aiming at inspiring people for promoting the silk sector for boosting the economic progress in the country.

Deputy Inspector General of Police AKM Hafiz Akter, Deputy Commissioner of Rajshahi Hamidul Haque and Indian Silk Expert KK Shethy also spoke on the occasion.

Referring to the progress of the silk factory Abdul Hakim said now 19 looms are functioning in the current fiscal and 19 more looms will come under operation in the next fiscal that will create demand of local silk yarn.

BSDB has put emphasis on boosting production of local yarn through proper utilization of the existing natural and other infrastructural resources. He said sericulture has been incorporated in the ‘Ekti Bari, Ekti Khamar (EBEK)’ project for strengthening the agro-based economy. Under the joint venture, around 2.68 lakh mulberry plants were distributed among 1,680 EBEK members. Among the members, 777 were given need-based training for proper plantation.

Besides cultural function, the festival also showcased colourful silk wears, silkworm, cocoon and mulberry leaves rearing and yarn making process.