Guwahati, December 28: At a time when production of silk in Assam had gained momentum enhancing the economy of the State, at the same time reports stated that Assam has failed to reach the target of Muga production.
The main reason behind this was found to be the climate change along with increase in air pollution.
Sources informed that although there are 106 government Muga farms in Assam, most of them have been encroached and effected by air pollution which has led to the decrease of outdoor rearing of silkworm.
Also the decline of the plantation of Som trees in Assam have decreased where the muga worm is reported to feed on its leaves, leaving behind the Muga silk towards the verge of extinction.
Another reason behind the decrease of the silk in Assam was reported to be the use of the tea gardens using pesticides and insecticides affecting the growth of silkworms.
Meanwhile following a pilot study conducted in Mizoram reported that the climate change has brought new opportunities to rear Mulberry, Eri, Mua and Tasar in Mizoram.
Also three Northeastern states Nagaland, Meghalaya and Mizoram have now been projected to rear all the four silks Mulberry, Eri, Mua and Tasar for production, where production of muga is best suited in Mizoram.