Bandipora: Department of Sericulture today organized a day long training programme for farmers here at Sericulture Farm Aytmulla in Bandipora District.
The programme was held under Agriculture Technology Management Agency (ATMA) in which a large gathering of Silkworm rearers participated.
The training programme was aimed at imparting knowledge about latest technology on Sericulture and providing technical know-how to the participants for better cocoon production and creating awareness about the current programmes / schemes provided by the department.
Deputy Director Sericulture, Peerzada Khursheed Ahmad briefed about the activities of Sericulture Department and said that 41,000 kgs of cocoon production has been recorded in the District during 2017-18, generating an income of Rs. 90.46 lac for Silkworm rearers.
He said that 721 units have been established under private sector in the district while as 4 departmental nurseries also exist. These departmental nurseries help supply Mulberry saplings for distribution among Silkworm rearers.
Cheques worth Rs. 97,500 were also provided to the beneficiaries under Catalic Development Programme for construction of rearing houses as the training programme saw a good turnout of participants from the District.
Later, the Deputy Director Sericulture along with Tehsil Officer, Farooq Ahmad kick-started the plantation drive in the Sericulture Farm.
He said that as many as 42,000 saplings of Mulberry would be planted in the District this year to boost Sericulture sector.