Raj Kiron Das, RU
Many rural people of Rajshahi region are improving their living standard through boosting the local silk yarn production. As a result production is also increasing.
The northern region is famous for silk yarn production, so the rural people, mainly women, are engaged in silk yarn production directly. They have become self reliant and are eradicating poverty by adopting silk yarn farming side by side with their regular household activities with the assistance of Bangladesh Sericulture Development Board (BSDB).
BSDB provides necessary training and financial support for boosting local silk yarn production.
While visiting Lowpara of Mohanpur upazila, Halima and Joshna, caretakers of a mulberry garden said that they were cutting mulberry plants alongside tending the gardens.
Halima also said Rajshahi Sericulture Board has provided her Tk 3,000 per month. She can use some of this income for her family and children.
Alauddin Mondal, a manager of Paba upazila extension office said, mulberry bush has to be trimmed four times within a year. A farmer can earn Tk 30,000 to Tk 35,000 through high yielding mulberry garden and produce superior quality silk cocoon. Necessary advice, training and financial support have been provided to the farmers for boosting silk yarn farming.
Around 5,000 mulberry saplings in 5 blocks were planted in Paba circle. Besides, a total of 22 silk houses were also set up in Paba circle under a government project. In order to ensure self efficiency and promote the silk industry in this region, this project will play a vital role, said Alauddin Mondal.
While speaking to director general of BSDB Anish-ul-haque Bhuiya, he told The Bangladesh Post that the government has taken an initiative to revive the silk industry. Different projects were taken in this regard.
About 10,000 unemployed men and women in this region are getting opportunities to engage in this sector. Besides, a competitive market of silk cocoon can be created in this region, he added.