Srinagar, August 30 (Scoop News) -For revamping the heritage silk industry of J&K, Minister for Agriculture, Ghulam Hassan Mir said that the department is going to setup Composite Units with the collaboration of Central Silk Board to have value addition facilities to the farmers within the J&K for their product.
The Minister said this while inaugurating the auction of cocoon crop of this year at Aloocha Bagh here today. Director Sericulture and other senior officers besides rears were present on the occasion.
The Minister said that our aim is to provide maximum benefit to the rears at their door step for which these composite units would be set up where rearing, reeling and twisting activities could take place at one roof to the cocoon product of the state. He said that with the setup of these centres the cocoon rears will get higher returns to their product.
Saying the future of the silk industry is very much bright, the Minister said that last three years trend shows encouraging figures in the growth of number of cocoon rears across the state adding that the government has lunched various incentive schemes to motivate the farmers to opt it as profiting activity. He said this industry is the livelihood to the big chunk of the population mostly poor people and steps are being taken to equip them with technology of the trade so that farmers could produce quality cocoon production. He said that from this the farmers would get Rs one lakh for construction of rearing shed which was earlier Rs 50 thousand only.
Referring to the today’s auction, Mir said that the farmers who have produced quality cocoons get maximum price of Rs. 725 per kg and asked the farmers to adopt the new techniques for quality production. He said that the sericulture department is making every effort to familiarize the farmers with latest trends and techniques to help them to produce the best quality of the cocoon to compete at national and global market.
To provide genuine returns to the farmers, the Minister announced from next year the department would install latest equipment which could check the quality of cocoons and farmers could get the dividends of the produce.