Bandipora, 28 March: The Department of Sericulture Bandipora today organised a District Level Kissan Goshti under Agriculture Technology Management Agency (ATMA) at Sericulture farm Aayithumullah Bandipora. The programme was aimed at to provide technical know-how to the participants/ silkworm rearers for making increased Cocoon production.
The District Development Commissioner (DDC) Bandipora Khursheed Ahmad Sania who was Chief guest on the occasion, appreciated the department for organising the programme. He said District Bandipora has tremendous potential for mulberry plantation owing its natural resources. He appealed youth to involve themselves in sericulture as a pastime activity and boost the sector in the district. He directed the concerned officers to conduct awareness programmes in different areas and sensitise people about their welfare schemes.
The DDC was informed that during current financial year 41000 Kgs of Cocoon has been recorded in the district which generated an income of Rs. 90 lacs for silkworm rearers.
The District Sericulture Officer, Peerzada Khursheed Ahmad briefed about the activities of the department. He said that 720 mulberry units have been established under private sector in the district while as 4 departmental nurseries also existing where from mulberry saplings are being distributed among silkworm rearers.
During the camp, cheques worth Rs. 50,000 were also provided to beneficiaries under Catalic development Programme for construction of rearing houses.
Among others, Chief Agriculture Officer and a good number of farmers were present on the occasion.