Raipur/Arang: Kosa cocoon production and collection is part of rural economy has it provides employment to rural masses. It is an additional income to them as they collect and sell it.
The government is implementing various schemes for the collectors and growers mainly through plantation of Arjuna-Saja trees. These cocoons are then sold to the Kosa weavers, which in turn generates employment and income to them.
During the visit by Mrs Niharika Barik Singh, secretary Gramudyog, Tourism and culture department, she instructed the officials to provide more cocoons to local weavers so that they can generate more mandays of work.
Mrs Niharika was inspecting the release of dabha kosa silkworm release at village Kuhera under Arang block with departmental officials. Director Gramudyog Shyam Dhawde accompanied secretary.
Deputy Director, Raipur briefed the officials that the forest area around 14 lakh kosa silk worms is being released in the Arjuna forest. Around 5 lakh cocoons are expected to be collected by the villagers after 45 days. The cocoons are generally purchased by weavers based at Raigarh and Champa. This collection generates employment and income to local residents.