SRINAGAR: The Jammu and Kashmir is maintaining silk cocoon production of 10 lakh kilograms annually, worth Rs 25 crore making it the most productive cocoon producing state in India.
This was disclosed a meeting of the Project Monitoring Committee (PMC) of Sericulture Development Department, convened to finalize the project proposals under Cocoon Development Programme (CDP) for the year 2014-15.
The meeting held on Wednesday also witnessed the senior functionaries of Central Silk Board, and the officers of Union Ministry of Textiles, with the Commissioner/Secretary Agriculture Production Department Dr Asgar Samoon in chair.
The meeting was informed that under the CDP the Central government has provided Rs 15 crore to the state for capacity building measures under 12th financial plan during the year 2013-14.
The Joint Secretary (Tech) Central Silk Board, Ministry of Textiles has stressed upon the State functionaries to submit Utilization Certificates (UCs) of funds provided during 2012-13 and the recurring expenditure for the year 2013-14 to their Ministry immediately.
He also stressed to submit a detailed proposal for Hot Air Dryer to the concerned Ministry up to ending June positively so that it can be included in the plan accordingly. Samoon said that Jammu and Kashmir is most productive state in respect of cocoon production as compared to other states of the country.
He said there is gigantic scope of employment opportunities, besides changing ones socio economic condition in the Sericulture and Cocoon production sectors, adding that sectors needs focused attention of the central as well as the State governments.
The Commissioner/Secretary said that the silk industry is an agro based industry which provides subsidiary employment to the rural people especially to women folk in the state. He said that the department of Sericulture has developed a latest technology to adopt multiple cropping pattern in the state with the aim that the more and more farmers are involved in silk worm rearing and cocoon production.
Samoon also stressed for increasing the central share for various schemes being implemented by the Sericulture Development Department for boosting the cocoon production in the State.
He said there is urgent need to create post-cocoon structure in the State so that the farmers associated with cocoon rearing activities will get high values from the market.
The meeting was further informed that the Department of Sericulture is looking after 170 nurseries spread over on 1000 hectors of land in the State where from the saplings are being provided to the farmers. These nurseries have been declared as Kissan Nurseries and should remain open for all. It was disclosed in the meeting that a mulberry nursery over 20 hectares of land is being set up at Tangmarg shortly.
Besides Director Central Silk Research &Training Institute, Government of India, Pampore, Director, Sericulture Development Department, Joint Director Industries and Commerce, Deputy Directors of Sericulture Department and a number of farmers and cocoon growers attended the meeting.