Jammu & Kashmir

Focus on silkworm rearer welfare and quality: Director Sericulture to officials in Ganderbal

The director inspected Mulberry Blocks and Chawki Rearing Centers at Ganiwan and Guzhama areas of the district..

Ganderbal: Ajaz Ahmad Bhat (IAS), Director Sericulture JK, has directed district sericulture officers and departmental staff in Ganderbal district to prioritise the welfare of silkworm rearers and farmers, offering guidance and necessary support to enhance cocoon production and maintain quality standards during the rearing season.

He further urged all stakeholders to make concerted efforts and leave no stone unturned to achieve the goals envisioned for double cocoon production in Jammu and Kashmir.

On Friday, he toured the district in order to inspect and asses the progress of various technical operations of the department, which include availability of mulberry foliage in mulberry farms and nurseries across the district, synchronisation of silkworm seed, incubation and silkworm rearing operations, besides, reaching out to far flung and tribal areas.

Bhat, during his visit to various key facilities of the department, he inspected Mulberry Blocks and Chawki Rearing Centers at Ganiwan and Guzhama, Ganderbal. During the occasion he meticulously examined the quality standards of silkworm seedat various incubation centers.

Speaking on the occasion the Director informed that the Chawki Rearing and Incubation centers located in the District play a crucial role in the hatching of Chawki Silkworms for subsequent distribution among silkworm rearers and farmers in the District. Continuing his tour he also inspected ongoing construction works on beneficiary-oriented silkworm rearing houses.

In Ganderbal, he said, the department maintains 10 mulberry farms/blocks and two mulberry nurseries spanning over an area of 445 Kanals of land. These facilities play a pivotal role in producing high-quality mulberry plants annually, which are distributed among farmers and plantation on state/community land. This initiative aims to create mulberry leaf reserves in abundance for silkworm rearers / farmers, besides, landless and marginal farmers in the region.

The Director’s itinerary also included a visit to mulberry nurseries/farms at Yachama, where he scrutinised the F1 double hybrid silkworm seed incubation centre and assessed the rearing houses of silkworm rearers supported by funds released under the Holistic Agriculture Development Programme (HADP).

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