Visits cocoon buyer-seller meet at Srinagar
SRINAGAR: Secretary, Agriculture Production and Horticulture Departments, Manzoor Ahmad Lone on Friday said that there was imminent need to increase the production of cocoons and also to focus on their quality. He also called for the adoption of modern and scientific practices in the cocoon rearing, reeling as well as silk weaving.
The secretary said that for a better and healthy competition in the cocoon market e-trading was imperative to add to the earnings of the cocoon rearers, as the same could be instrumental in attracting a large number of auctioneers at local and all-India level, an official handout read,
He was speaking during his visit to the ongoing cocoon buyer-seller meet at Srinagar.
He further said that a plan for e-trading of Saffron has already been formulated and once the plan was put to action, the practice could be adopted in Sericulture sector as well, read the handout.
Lone said that the cocoon rearing, reeling and silk weaving was providing livelihood to around 25,000 families of the state and there was a need to motivate more and more unemployed youth to venture into the Sericulture activities by way of incentivisation and availability of green mulberry.
During the current buyer-seller meet, there have been better dividends for the cocoon rearers as the rates have touched Rs 1,250 per kg for A-Grade cocoons, the handout read.
The secretary was informed that the cocoon buyer-seller meet has already concluded at Anantnag in which 1,276 growers of twin districts of Kulgam and Anantnag auctioned 18,337.250 kgs of cocoons worth Rs.1.36 crore.
However, in the ongoing cocoon buyer-seller meet at Srinagar in which cocoon rearers of Srinagar, Ganderbal and Bandipora are participating, 51,000 kgs of produce have been sold during the last two days, the handout added.