The Minister was interacting with the office bearers of the Kashmir Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KCCI) at his office chamber here today.
Commissioner Secretary Agriculture Production, Naveen Choudary, Director Agriculture Jammu, Ajay Khajuria, Director Sericulture, President KCCI, Mr Abdul Hamid Punjabi and its office bearers were present in the meeting.
The Minister said that sericulture which is the heritage industry of J&K, needs maximum investment under Public Private Partnership mode for its revival, while creation of infrastructure in other allied sectors of agriculture and Horticulture is also a pressing need of the time.
The Meeting discussed various issues with regard to boosting agriculture and its allied sectors including , creation of a Multi- Task Force for Sericulture/Silk Industry, Special Package for Sericulture, Implementation of Integrated Sericulture projects, Soft loan for Solar water Heater System, Enhancement in revolving Fund for Cocoon Bank and Silk Exchange and revival Package for Existing Silk Reeling Units. The meeting also discussed the ways and means for the promotion of beekeeping, mushroom Cultivation, besides provisions of integrated saffron Project.
Appreciating the Concern of KCCI for revival of Silk Industry and boosting of agriculture sectors, Mr Mir said that the Sericulture Department have already introduced hot dryer mechanization for cocoon for quality production and said that the government is seriously considering for enhancement in revolving Fund for Cocoon Bank and Silk Exchange which is necessary for revival of its existing Silk Reeling Units.
The Minister said that government is taking every step for revival of its heritage industry and called upon the private investors for generous investment and assured that government would provide every logistic support to the investors. He said that the silk industry has huge employability opportunities and the time has come to bring back its pristine glory.
Regarding beekeeping, mushroom cultivation, revival of Saffron Industry, the Minister said that the government has already taken various initiatives in this regard. He said under Saffron Mission, the construction work for dug wells be started soon in saffron fields of Pampore in first phase. He said for quality control of Kashmiri Brand saffron,