SRINAGAR: Minister for Agriculture, Ghulam Nabi Lone Hanjura said that State government was keen to develop silk industry of Kashmir on modern lines and would provide best possible market facilities for cocoon rearers.
The minister said this after inaugurating Silk Worm Seed Cold Store at Tulsi Bagh here on Saturday. The cold store was completed in a record time of six months at an estimated cost of Rs 1.25 crore. The plant has a capacity to house 20,000 silkworms of seed at a time, an official handout read.
Hanjura said state had huge potential for cocoon production and more people could take up sericulture as an economic activity with comparatively little expenditure.
He said, “There is need to establish more silk reeling units in the state so that cocoon production is utilised locally for value addition and employment generation.”
The store features all the stages of cold chain through which the silkworm seed has to pass in the run-up to its release for spring silkworm rearing.
The minister said special focus was being given to support silk industry in the state and develop it on modern lines.
He said, “…in this regard various initiatives have been taken especially, in silkworm seed production and post cocoon sector for the promotion of sericulture industry.”
He said it was inspiring that this year during cocoon auction cocoon rearers got better rewards for their hard work than from the previous year.
This year government organised cocoon auction market in which a good number of farmers, reeling unit holders and outside rearers participated, Hanjura further added.
He thanked the farmers and other unit holders for their cooperation and assured them that every possible help would be provided to them for the promotion of sericulture activities.
He also underscored the need to generate more awareness among the farming community about the latest techniques of the field and government’s welfare schemes for increasing cocoon production. The Minister also stressed for adopting innovative methods for an increase in sericulture production in the state, the handout read.
Hanjura also had an interaction with farmers and reeling unit holders of the state and assured them of resolving their genuine demands at an earliest.
MLA Batamaloo, Noor Mohammad Sheikh, Secretary Agriculture Production Department Showkat Ahmad Beigh, Director Sericulture Mir Tariq Ali, Director Agriculture Kashmir Khurshid Ajaz Andrabi and other senior officers of the department were also present on the occasion.