Jammu and Kashmir Agriculture minister Ghulam Hassan Mir on Wednesday asked sericulture department to give cocoon production a big boost, as it would contribute to the state's economy.
"We need to set up processing centres near cocoon rearing centres, which will not only provide ready market to cocoon producers, but also the state would enter into silk production in a big way," Mir said on his visit to sericulture
department in Srinagar.
He said that the government has a 90 per cent subsidy scheme for such entrepreneurs and hoped that progressive farmers particularly youth seize this opportunity.
The department officials said that the support price for cocoon has been increased from Rs 180 to Rs 210 per kilogram.
Nearly eight lakh cocoons are produced annually in the state, out of which six lakh go out.
The minister suggested holding awareness camps, national conference on sericulture and introduction of cluster plantation at uncultivable land at the departmental farms and asked the department to furnish a detailed project report.
Mir also asked to explore the possibility of covering Ladakh under mulberry plantation and directed the department to send an expert team there.