J&K plans revival of silk industry

J&K plans revival of silk industry

Srinagar: The Jammu and Kashmir Government Monday said the silk industry in the state would be revived and directed officers to utilise available resources to improve cocoon production.

Agriculture minister Ghulam Hassan Mir said the industry hit by the over two decade-long militancy would be revived on the modern lines.

“Efforts are on to revive the past glory of the silk industry which was badly affected during the past 20 years of turmoil," Mir said visiting mulberry silkworm, basic seed station, Mirgund and Nihalpur Mulberry Nursery in North Kashmir’s Baramulla district.

Kashmir, famous for its silk around the globe, currently produces 800 metric tonnes of cocoon besides generating four lakh man-days annually. In addition, around 22,000 farmers are engaged directly or indirectly with the industry.

He asked the officers concerned to utilise available resources to further improve cocoon production and offered to give incentives and promotions for good performance.