RAHA, Oct 28 - Nowgong College, Nagaon, keeping its commitment towards helping the society, recently constructed a Model Integrated Eri silkworm-cum-Ornamental Fish Farm funded by the Department of Science & Technology, Government of India through a major research project entitled �Empowerment of ST people through rearing and utilisation of eri silkworm (Samiaricini Donovan) cum ornamental fish culture in Nagaon and Morigaon districts of Assam� sanctioned to Dr Bhuban Ch Chutia, Assistant Professor, Department of Zoology, Nowgong College.
A three-day hands-on training programme on spinning of eri silk and natural dyes was also organised at Nowgong College from October 23 to train the villagers. More than 120 rural women were trained in the programme.
The inaugural function was chaired by Dr Sarat Borkataki, Principal, Nowgong College. He briefed the participants about prospects of ericulture.
Dr BB Singh, Scientist, P2 Eri research Station, Topatoli, CSB was present as resource person for the meeting and actively interacted with participants highlighting the scientific procedure of eri silkworm rearing and host plant cultivation.
Spinning and natural dye expert Chandan Kesab from Boko, Kamrup was present on all three days as the master trainer along with his team.
The model Farm was inaugurated by Rupak Sarma, MLA, Nagaon Sadar LAC on the second day which is to be used by the rural womenfolk of Nagaon and Morigaon districts.
In the opening ceremony, two times national Award winner in the field of weaving and natural dye, Lasti Mithi, a resident of the Amkhalam village of Umsai, Karbi Anglong was felicitated by the College.
Dr Binod Kalita, Associate Professor, College of Fishery Sciences, AAU, Raha briefed the participants about ornamental fishes of Assam and their cultivation techniques. Partha Rathi Hazarika, ornamental fish entrepreneur from Nagaon interacted with participants and discussed various aspects of ornamental fishes. Renowned designer Sanjukta Dutta also interacted with the participants and discussed various topics related to weaving, dyeing and blending of cloths.
Dr Sarat Borkataki, Principal, Nowgong College, Lalit Gogoi, HoD, Department of Zoology, Dr RS Singh, Department of Chemistry and Chandan Kesab were present in the valedictory function.
A demonstration-cum-sale programme of naturally dyed eri silk cloths woven by rural villagers was also organised on all the three days at the college premises.