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It was informed that the  funds for the textile tourism complex will be released within 15  days. 

By Our Reporter | Shillong, Oct 13, 2018: 

What may be termed as a good news for infrastructural tourism in Meghalaya, the Union Textiles Ministry is set to release Rs 7.8 crore for the construction of a textile tourism complex in Nongpoh.

This was informed by Union Minister of State for Textiles, Ajay Tamta, during his visit to Shillong today.

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He further informed that the  funds for the textile tourism complex will be released within 15  days.

Keeping in mind the state’s potential in this sector, the minister hoped that the local garments get due recognition and promotion across the world.

Stating that the NBCC has also completed the construction of an apparel centre worth Rs 14 crore  in Ampati, Tamta said that the ministry will provide all the infrastructure and machines to the apparel centre so that local garments can be exported throughout the world.

“We would also like to link the apparel centre with fashion designers so that the local garments are promoted throughout the world,” he said.

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Earlier, Tamta said that before 2014, Meghalaya produce about 500 metric tonnes of Mulberry, Berry and Muga but now the production of these materials have touched 1000 metric tonnes.

He also said that the Union Government have sanctioned as much as Rs 43 crores in Meghalaya under the Integrated Sericulture Development Project and Intensive Bivoltine Sericulture Development Project

“We gave new seeds to the people and they have learned new technologies about breeding of silkworm and people here were producing a single crop earlier but now they are producing three crops in a year,” he added.

It may be mentioned that North East has huge number of handoom weavers in the country and out of 50 lakh weavers, around 65 percent of them are in the North East.

The Minister during his visit to Shillong also visited Sericulture farm and weaving centre and interacted with the weavers.

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