SRINAGAR The Government of India on Friday said Rs.464.85 lakhs and Rs.631.88 lakhs respectively were spent in J&K during 2017-18 and 2018-19 towards implementation of various beneficiary oriented components under Silk Samagra, a scheme meant for development of sericulture in the Country including Jammu and Kashmir.
Responding to a question by National Conferences parliamentarian about the steps taken by the Ministry for development of Sericulture and Silk production in Jammu and Kashmir, Minister Of Textiles, Smriti Zubin Irani said that under the Central Sector Scheme Silk Samagra implemented by Government of India through Central Silk Board with a total outlay of Rs. 2161.68 crore for three years (2017-2020) for development of sericulture in the Country including Jammu and Kashmir with an objective to scale up production by improving the quality and productivity.
The scheme, she said, comprises four (4) major Components R & D, Seed, Coordination & Marketing and Quality Certification Systems/Brand Promotion, which are interlinked and aimed at a common goal.
The scheme also comprises various beneficiary oriented components to support Mulberry, Vanya and Post Cocoon Sectors, she said. These interventions cover the major areas Development and expansion of host plant; (ii) Strengthening and creation of Silkworm seed Multiplication infrastructure, (iii) Development of farm and post-cocoon infrastructure, (iv) Up-gradation of reeling and processing technologies in Silk, and (v) Capacity Building through Skill development / Enterprise Development Programme.
In respect of Jammu & Kashmir, based on the proposal received from the State sericulture
Department, Govt. of J&K, CSB has released /spent Rs.464.85 lakhs and Rs.631.88 lakhs respectively during the years 2017-18 and 2018-19, towards implementation of various beneficiary oriented components under Silk Samagra.
To cater to the research, training and extension needs of Jammu & Kashmir, she said, CSB has set up
Central Sericultural Research and Training Institute (CSR&TI) at Pampore, Srinagar during 1994 to revive earlier activities of the CSB in the state. The institute is actively involved in Research & Development and human resource development through its network of 2 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, she said, P4 Basic Seed Farm (BSF) Manasbal located in the state of J&K is catering R&D and extension needs. High yielding silkworm hybrids viz., Dun 17 x Dun 18, Dun 6 x Dun22, SH6 x NB4D2, SOH1 and improved mulberry varieties viz., S140, S146 and PPR1 have been developed by CSR&TI Pampore to increase the farmers income through sericulture. CSB is promoting bivoltine production program extending technical support through 6 clusters (including 2 mega clusters), besides extending state of the art of soil testing facilities. Due to the continuous efforts of the Institute and technology intervention, the average yield of bivoltine.
cocoons has been enhanced from 27 Kg/100 DFLs (1994) to 46.81 Kg/100 DFLs (2018-19)