SRINAGAR: A one-day workshop on ‘Post Cocoon Sector (Sericulture) in Northern States of India – Current Scenario and future strategies’ was held Monday in Jammu.
The programme, jointly organized by the state’s Sericulture Development Department and Regional Office of the Central Silk Board, New Delhi, was inaugurated by the Minister for Agriculture Ghulam Nabi Lone.
“Sericulture and Silk industry is a heritage industry and Jammu and Kashmir is world famous for its silk and silk products. Sericulture and silk industry has a good potential for employment generation especially for people from rural areas and there is a need to upgrade this industry to realize its true potential,” Lone said in his inaugural address.
During the last few years, he said, the state has made “substantial progress” in cocoon production and cocoon quality, yet “about 60 per cent of this cocoon is purchased from outside the state”.
“There is need to promote and develop post-cocoon sector, so that cocoon the produce is reeled in the state for production of silk yarn and silk fabric. This will create value addition and employment generation,” he said.
He asked the Sericulture Development department and Central Silk Board to prepare “a comprehensive plan” for promotion and development of post cocoon sector. Lone also released a booklet on the occasion.
Director Sericulture Dr Malik Farooq gave a presentation on the status of sericulture and silk industry in the state, highlighting future strategies to develop the industry on modern lines.
Joint Secretary (Tech), Regional Office, Central Silk Board, Dr R D Singh New Delhi, Director Sericulture Uttrakhand, Dr S M Sharma, Director, Central Silk Technological Research Institute, Central Silk Board, Banglore, Dr S V Naik also spoke on the occasion.
Later, two technical sessions were organised in which the entrepreneurs and silk weavers from J&K, Himachal Pradesh, Uttrakhand and UP highlighted the problems being faced by them, especially the fluctuating market prices of silk yarn.