SHILLONG, Oct 13 - The Centre has promised to provide funds to the tune of Rs 7.8 crore for setting up a Textile Tourism Complex in Ri-Bhoi district.
The announcement was made by Union Minister of State for Textiles Ajay Tamta who was reviewing the activities of textile weaving centres in Meghalaya here today.
Assuring assistance to develop the textile sector, Tamta said that the production of mulberry, berry and muga in the State, which amounted to 500 metric tons in 2014, has now risen to 1,000 metric ton.
Tanta said that the Union Government sanctioned an amount close to Rs 43 crore under the Integrated Sericulture Development Project and the Intensive Bivoltine Sericulture Development Project, to Meghalaya in the last few years. This amount was provided to develop the textile sector which has huge potential in the region in general and the State in particular.
Referring to the apparel manufacturing centre at Ampati, Garo Hills � built at a cost of Rs 14 crore � the minister said the Centre would provide further help so that the garments from the unit could be exported across the globe.
During the day, Tamta interacted with weavers at various sericulture farms and weaving centres in the State capital.