80 sericulture farmers undergo training

SRINAGAR: Eighty sericulture farmers from Anantnag district in south Kashmir Friday visited Srinagar to participate in a one-day training programme.
An official handout issued here said two buses carrying the “progressive” sericulture farmers were flagged off by District Development Commissioner (DDC) Anantnag, Bashir Ahmad Khan, at a function organised by the Sericulture Department.
The farmers, belonging to the Sericulture Zones Kuthar, Dachnipora and Sarnal, received training under ATMA Programme.
The DDC, as per the handout, asked the farmers “to avail all benefits from the departmental experts in building their socioeconomic prosperity.”
He asked the department to organise more tours within and outside the state, it said.
He, it said, also planted a Mulberry Tree on the occasion, and asked the farmers to use the “uncovered areas” for Mulberry plantation.
According to the figures shared by the Deputy Director Sericulture on the occasion, 40, 000 Mulberry plants, of the target 71,000 plants, have been planted in three clusters during 2014-15.
Another 14,000 Mulberry plants are being planted on government land “for providing leafs to the landless sericulture beneficiaries,” he said.