Rajouri tops cocoon production in JK with 2.35 lakh Kgs

RAJOURI: Rajouri district has taken the lead in cocoon production in the State with production touching 2.35 lakh Kgs earning Rs 4.35 crore to 6630 rearers.
This was disclosed during the inauguration of Cocoon Auction Market complex at Nowshera by Minister for Agriculture Production, Ghulam Nabi Lone Hanjura on Friday.
Minister for Agriculture Production, Ghulam Nabi Lone Hanjura said that all the department of Sericulture will organize cocoon auction markets in all districts of the state and provide market facilities to cocoon producers and buyers for sale and purchase of cocoon.
This new complex constructed at a cost Rs 60 lakhs has been constructed under Catalytic Development Programme (CDP) scheme of Central Silk Board, Union Ministry of Textiles and J&K Government.
Addressing the gathering, the Minister said that this cocoon auction market will cater to the market needs of more than 4000 cocoon producers of the area and they can now easily come to the markets to sell their cocoon produce.
Director Sericulture apprised the Minister that last year 21683 ounces of silkworm seed was distributed among 20979 rears in Jammu division earning an amount of 12.59 crore on account of sale of their cocoons.
He was also informed that Rajouri is leading district in the state in cocoon production where 6630 rearers are practicing sericulture. Last year 7680 ounces of silkworm seed was distributed among the rearers and 2.35 lakh Kgs of cocoons were produced and rearers earned an amount of Rs 4.35 crore.
Highlighting various schemes launched in the state for the benefit of silkworm rearers, the Minister directed the officers of Sericulture Department to organize awareness camps in the district and make farmers aware about the welfare schemes. He also stressed for adoption of latest technologies so that cocoon production and quality is improved substantially resulting in higher returns to the rearers.