SRINAGAR: Underscoring the need for forming Self Help Groups (SHG) at district levels for giving momentum to sericulture activities, Minister for Agriculture, Ghulam Nabi Lone Hanjura said that this will help in promoting Sericulture sector in the State.
The Minister said while addressing a State Level meeting convened to review the functioning of Sericulture Development Department here on Saturday.
He said that the atmosphere of the State was favorable for development of Sericulture sector. “Take appropriate steps for expanding the sericulture activities in the remote areas of the state,” Hanjura said highlighting the importance of the Sericulture sector.
He said, “People, particularly women from rural areas, need to be involved in Sericulture activities which will help in sericulture production and ameliorate their economic profile.”
Directing the concerned for conducting mulberry tree census and submission of its report, Hanjura asked for plantation of mulberry trees on State’s waste land and river bunds.
“The field staff of the department should be imparted necessary training and in coordination with agro industries, possibilities should be explored for manufacturing juice and jam of mulberry fruit,” this the Minister said while discussing the issue of filling up of vacant posts of different categories in the department.
Taking stock of PDL, TDL and casual labourers working in the department, Hanjura directed the concerned to furnish a detailed report in this regard within a week’s time to administrative department for scrutiny.
“Prepare a comprehensive proposal for establishment of Emporium and submit the same to the concerned quarter for arrangement of funds,” the Minister directed the concerned while taking a review of the present status of the department’s 90 kanals land available at Katra Jammu.
The Minister also directed the concerned for formulating proposal for enhancement of cost of seed cocoon from Rs. 250 to Rs. 400 per kg. He also directed for construction of Harvesting Tank at Kanir to extend irrigation facility to mulberry trees.
There are 173 departmental nurseries spreading over 1021 hectars producing about 12 lakh mulberry saplings annually. This was revealed by way of a power point presentation on the activities and steps being taken by the department for the development of the sector.