BANDIPORA: The Department of Sericulture, Bandipora organised a day-long farmers training programme at Sericulture Farm Hatmulla here on Monday.
The programme aimed at providing technical know-how to the participants for better cocoon production was held under Agriculture Technology Management Agency (ATMA) scheme in which a large number of silk rearers participated.
Deputy Director Sericulture briefed about the activities of Sericulture Department and said that 41,000 kilograms of cocoon production has been recorded in the district during 2017-18, generating an income of RS. 90.46 lakh to silkworm rearers, an official handout read.
He said, “721 units have been established under private sector in the district while as four departmental nurseries also exist from where mulberry saplings are being distributed among silkworm rearers.”
During the camp, cheques worth Rs. 97500 were also provided to beneficiaries under Catalic Development Programme for construction of rearing houses.
The deputy director also kick-started the plantation drive in the sericulture farm. As many as 42000 saplings of mulberry would be planted in the district this year to boost Sericulture sector, the handout added.