This centrally located district of the state is fast emerging as the hub of silk cocoon production. The farmers from the district were able to produce 27,551 kg of high quality cocoons worth Rs 50 lakh in 2012.
Around 1,572 families are into cocoon production in the district, especially the Bela area of Nadaun.
The department of sericulture has provided about 845 ounce silk worm seeds to the farmers of the district at subsidised rates during the previous year so as to have high quality silk cocoons at their farms.
Deputy commissioner Ashish Singhmar said the sericulture department had set up four nurseries of mulberry plants in the district from where mulberry leafs are given to the farmers for their use. He said that the department was doing its best to help the farmers and he was hopeful that with the latest technology that was being imparted to the silk growing farmers, they would be able to increase their income steadily.
Singhmar said that the sericulture department had now decided to grow silk cocoons thrice in a year rather than twice a year at present. This project was on trial basis from year 2013 and if found successful, it would change the lifestyle of the people doing the job of rearing silk cocoons in their respective areas.