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Kashmir hosts workshops for sericulturists to boost silk production

Srinagar, Sun, 30 Oct 2011 ANI

Srinagar, Oct 30 (ANI): The state government and sericulture experts from the Department of Agriculture have initiated a series of one-day workshops for sericulturists and others associated with the industry here.


The state's Agriculture Minister Ghulam Hassan Mir formally inaugurated the first workshop on 'Recent Trends in Development of Bivoltine Sericulture of Kashmir' on Saturday.


Speaking on the occasion, he said that through such workshops young and progressive cocoon growers can adopt new techniques to increase the cocoon production in the valley because sericulture sector has ample scope to generate employment opportunities in Kashmir valley.


"Farmers are involved in the preparation of cocoon. How can these farmers earn profit? When we talk about profitability, we talk about how to produce cocoon in large numbers and how can the cocoon be sold out at a better price. This is not possible unless the breeders, testers and weavers are well trained in pre and post cocoon rearing and management. On the basis of a holistic approach, the scientists in this workshop have addressed these issues carefully," said Mir.


A sericulturist who participated in the workshop said it had been an educative experience and on this score, he lauded the efforts of the government.


"The main objective of this workshop is to attract people and mainly youth so that weavers and the industry are benefited from our efforts. In this meeting during the workshop, we were made aware about the easy ways and new techniques to produce silk. This is the first project in Kashmir. We pray that in future that many such projects are undertaken," said Qayoom Ahmad, a sericulturist.


Another participant too shared similar views and noted such workshops play a significant role in the overall development of silk industry in the region.


"All these workshops which will be organised over here will be an honour for us and for Kashmir. These workshops are really important for the entire state. The rearers and the department lack development and we are really thankful to honourable minister Ghulam Hassan Mir and Director (of Sericulture) for organising this workshop," said Farooq Khan, a sericulturist.


The state government took this initiative to boost the sericulture business by reckoning the numerous impediments that it had faced over the past one year due to violence and frequent prolonged Bandh (shutdown) calls declared by vested interests in the Kashmir valley.


Hassan Mir also confirmed that the programme would be launched across the state to enable job opportunities to the unemployed.(ANI)


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