Pampore: Director Central Sericulture Research and Training Institute, MK Ghosh said that he was glad to announce that Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs has approved Central Sector Scheme “Integrated Scheme for Development of Silk Industry” for Sericulture sector 2017 – 18 to 2019-20.
He was talking to media at its North India headquarters at Central Sericultural Research and Training Institute (CSRTI), Galander, Pampore in south Kashmir’s Pulwama district on Saturday.
The director told Kashmir Reader that the total allocation for the three years has been 2161.68 crores.
He said that the allocated money would be spent on research and development, transfer of technology, training and seed organisation, farmer extension, coordination with the market development of seed and yarn and quality certification system.
“It would be implemented through central silk board by ministry,” he said adding there would be R&D intervention in which new plant development and new silk cocoon would be raised which would be disease resistant as “because of diseases the farmers fail to raise three crops in a year”.
He also said that by products would be used in other sectors e.g., Pupae would be used as poultry feed while the other things would be used in cosmetics which would bring diversification.
“For the development we would try to get best seed and it is for the information of the farmers who generate three grade silk but have to raise the work and their ignorance of using cocoon mountain,” he said, adding that the reeling machine would be installed which would tell about the exact time of harvest of the crop.
“In Kashmir the silk sector had come to stagnation and this sort of scheme would be very much beneficial in raising the production which at present is 175 metric tonnes and the target till 2030 is it is to be raised to 400 metric tonnes (MTs),” he said.