Kashmir from ancient times had silk weaving as a craft and most of the people were having employment in the silk factory of those times.
The J & K administration is trying to revive the silk industry and has to focus on the productivity of the silk.
Recently LG Manoj Sinha in a workshop on sericulture said that the J & K government is working on area expansion under Mulberry Plantation to increase leaf availability for rearers and enrich green wealth. The Forest Department & Sericulture Department has been working jointly for achieving the green mission of the UT. Avenues of Market Infrastructures to provide a platform and facilitate the cocoon growers in selling their produce in their vicinity.
He underscored the importance of adoption of latest technological advancements in silk to reduce the dependence on imported silk. One of the three important centers in the country for Research and Development, Training, Transfer of Technology and IT Intervention has been set up at Kashmir’s Pampore, he added.
He said that the Silk Samagra Yojana launched in 2017-18 under the guidance of Prime Minister has proved to be a game-changer in making sericulture sustainable by supporting the country’s as well as J&K’s silk industry in an integrated manner.
The Jammu and Kashmir administration has increased the revolving fund from Rs 70 lakh to Rs 3.50 crore. In Silk Samagra Phase-I, about 900 silkworm rearers directly benefited and about 618 rearing houses were also established.