SRINAGAR: Minister for Agriculture, Ghulam Nabi Lone Hanjura in presence of Minister for Education, Syed Mohammad Altaf Bukhari Monday laid the foundation stone of Cold Storage Plant at Sericulture Complex at Tulsi Bagh, Srinagar.
The cold storage plant is being constructed at a cost of Rs 1.25 crore and it can preserve up to 10 crore seeds at one time and would be completed by 31 October 2017, an official statement issued here read.
The minister said that cold storage would lend a new lease of life to the sericulture sector here by increasing the life of cocoon.
Hanjura said that facility was basically built for the benefit of farmers, maintaining that efforts were being made to revive the cultivation of mulberry plantation and survey was being carried out.
He further said that silkworm rearing would open employment avenues for the unemployed youth of the state.
“New scheme envisioned by the present government is infusing a new life in reviving the sericulture sector,” the minister added impressing on the officers to strengthen the marketing of sericulture products.
He said that farmers often face problems in marketing, so there was a need to develop reeling centers, which would increase the value of cocoons.
“If we have 4 to 5 reeling centers, farmers will face no problem in marketing their product,” Hanjura remarked while expressing his desire to “restore the lost glory of Kashmir’s silk industry”.
According to the statement, on the occasion, Syed Mohammad Altaf Bukhari said, “Silk factory at Rajbagh will also be revived soon, which will give a boost to the industry,” further stressing on the preservation and cultivation of mulberry trees and seeds.
The function was attended by Director Sericulture Development Department, Mir Tariq Ali, Director Agriculture, Altaf Aijaz Andrabi, Director Floriculture, Managing Director JK Agro Industries, Deputy Director Planning Sericulture, District and Tehsil Sericulture Officers, other officials and sericulture growers.