Chhattisgarh, one of the leading producers of lac in the country, has decided to set up a research centre for augmenting farming of the resin gum through latest technology.

The Chhattisgarh government has decided to start a research centre to augment lac farming. In addition, small scale units would be established for converting varnish from lac, which would be operated by joint forest management committees, officials said.

The lac research centre would come up here in the State Forest Research Centre, officials added.

The Chhattisgarh government will train around 14,000 rural youths in the current financial year in lac farming.

Also small scale forest-produce cooperative societies would be encouraged to start lac worm cultivation to increase their income, they added.

“Lac farming is a good source of additional income for farmers,” Chhattisgarh Forest Minister Vikram Usandi said.

Mr. Usandi added that to encourage lac farming, government will honour committees doing excellent job in lac cultivation.

Besides, school children would be taught about it to broaden their knowledge on the subject.

Chhattisgarh contributes about 42 per cent of the country’s lac production. For the last four years, the State has topped in lac production and this year’s production is around 7,000 tonnes. Jharkhand is another leading producer of lac.