Government of Jammu and Kashmir is focusing on the sericulture sector for making the silk industry a viable economic alternative to common people associated with this trade.
Kashmir is known for silk from ancient times and the government of Jammu and Kashmir is trying to revive the silk industry.
The J&K Government is taking various measures for making this sericulture sector viable. There is a need to safeguard skills handed down from generation to generation and make this sector financially more attractive.
The Government is giving importance to adoption of latest technological advancements in silk to reduce the dependence on imported silk. One of the three important centres in the country for Research and Development, Training, Transfer of Technology and IT Intervention has been set up at Kashmir’s Pampore.
To cater to the research, training and extension needs of Jammu & Kashmir, Central Silk Board (CSB) has set up the Central Sericultural Research and Training Institute (CSR&TI) at Pampore, to revive earlier activities of the CSB in J&K. The institute is actively involved in Research & Development and human resource development through its network of two Regional Sericulture Research Stations (RSRS) and 8 Research Extension Centers, of which one RSRS at Jammu, two RECs at Barnoti and Lamberi are functioning. Besides, P4 Basic Seed Farm (BSF) Manasbal in J&K is catering to R&D and extension needs.