GUWAHATI, Jan 16 � This time eri, the warm silk of Assam has become the target of unscrupulous traders, who have set up their processing units at Bhagalpur in Bihar. A section of traders based in Assam is also extending full support to these Bhagalpur-based traders for their narrow self-interests.
This has been alleged by a newly-formed NGO named Muga. Addressing a press conference here today, the secretary of the NGO and its resource persons called for steps to secure Geographical Indication (GI) Registration for eri and to impose a ban on the movement of eri cocoon and yarn to destinations outside the State.
They alleged that there is a great conspiracy to usurp the eri market in the western world at the cost of the weavers and state exchequer of Assam. They also appealed to the State�s consumers not to be befooled by the whitish clothes, which are made of the Bhagalpur yarn and sold as eri clothes in the State by the unscrupulous traders only to facilitate smuggling out of the whole lot of eri cocoons and yarn produced in the State to Bhagalpur.
Secretary of the NGO Sadananda Choudhury and its resource persons Dulal Choudhury, Chandan Keshav and Narmohan Das apprised the mediapersons that there was a move on the part of the eri weavers and indigenous traders of Bijaynagar areas, who deal in eri products, to foil the conspiracy of the Bhagalpur-based traders in August 2012.
Warning that the Bhagalpur yarn has been corrupting the weavers of the State and its products are harmful for skin, they suggested a ban on the import of Bhagalpur yarn and export/smuggling of eri cocoon and yarn to outside the State destinations.
It needs mention here that Assam is virtually the lone producer of eri on the earth. Eri is regarded to be a warm silk and an excellent alternative to Pashmina wool. It is wholly organic and hence has a very good market in the western world.