Govt. Committed to Safeguarding Interests of Muga Silk Farmers of Assam

In order to promote sericulture activities in Assam, the Government is implementing a Centrally Sponsored Scheme viz “Catalytic Development Programme” (CDP) during the XII Plan period, in collaboration with the State Sericulture Department. Under this scheme, financial assistance is given to the Govt. of Assam to assist stakeholders including muga silk farmers through the respective Department of Sericulture. As per the requirement of Assam State for sericulture activities and based on the proposals received by CSB, the Financial assistance under CDP is provided by CSB. During the last three years period (2011-12 to 2013-14), total funds released under CDP by the Government through Central Silk Board to Assam is given below:

The following components under CDP are also implemented exclusively to support muga silk farmers :

  • Support to raise kissan nurseries.
  • Strengthening of muga seed multiplication infrastructure.
  • Assistance to muga adopted seed rearers including construction of mounting hall.
  • Assistance for muga private grainuers.
  • Muga food plant development

Total Financial Assistance provided to Assam (including BTC) under CDP

2011-12  : Rs. 3,168.00 Lakhs; 2012-13  : Rs. 2,761.60 Lakhs; 2013-14  : Rs. 4,484.07 Lakhs

If timely measures are not taken the Muga (Antheria assamensis) heritage of Assam may face extinction in the next three decades or within 2040. (Assam Times)
If timely measures are not taken the Muga (Antheria assamensis) heritage of Assam may face extinction in the next three decades or within 2040. (Assam Times)
A view of the museum of vanya silk related products with technical charts at the Central Muga Eri Research & Training Institute at Lahdoigarh, Jorhat
A view of the museum of vanya silk related products with technical charts at the Central Muga Eri Research & Training Institute at Lahdoigarh, Jorhat

It’s often said that an Assamese Muga silk sari lives longer than its owner. But this home grown ‘Golden silk’ of Assam- known for its natural golden colour, fine texture, glossiness and durability is so under threat that it could soon disappear completely.

A good Muga silk sari can cost anywhere between 8,000-20,000 rupees, which means that it’s literally worth its weight in gold. And though Assam is primarily known for its tea, Muga silk is exclusive to the state, and one of its high prestige earners.

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