Two Silk reeling units coming up at Jammu, Srinagar: Hanjura

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Minister for Agriculture Production, Ghulam Nabi Lone Hanjura today said that the Government is committed to revive once famed Silk industry of the State, adding that two silk reeling units will be set up in twin capital cities of Jammu and Srinagar to give boost to this sector.
Winding up the discussions on Ministry of Agriculture Production in the House, Hanjura said Agriculture and its allied sectors are the backbone of the State’s economy. He said 73 percent of the State’s population is associated with Agriculture and the Department is working hard to create awareness among farmers to adopt latest methods of farming to increase Agricultural production.Elaborating various steps taken by the Government for the promotion Agriculture sector, the Minister said Rs. 4.50 crore have been earmarked for Saffron Mission in Jammu and Kashmir with an aim to boost its quality and productivity. He said the Department has been successful in increasing the Saffron productivity from 1.50 Kg per hectare to 4.50 Kg per hectare. Hanjura said that main thrust of the Government is to create awareness among farmers about various Centrally Sponsored Schemes like Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchayee Yojana (PMKSY) and Pradhan Mantri Suraksha Bima Yojana( PMSBY). He said that it is the responsibility of the State Government to provide irrigation facilities to the tail end under PMKSY.
The Minister said Suchetgarh and RS Pura areas in Jammu division are being developed as Basmati villages, while as Samboora in Pampore is being developed as Saffron village. He said Rajouri, Poonch, Bhaderwah and Kishtwar are being developed as Rajmash clusters. Similarly, he said Leh, Kargil, Assar and Nowshera will be developed as vegetable clusters.
Hanjura further said that the Government is committed to revive silk industry and in this regard two silk reeling units will be set up at Jammu and Srinagar districts for cocoon marketing, adding that two Mulberry plant nurseries will also be setup at Sunderbani and Udhampur.
Earlier, several members of the House took part in the discussion and presented their view about the working of Agriculture Production Ministry.
Dr. Bashir Ahmad Shah (Veeri) said that the State is blessed with natural resources and Government should ensure that these resources are used, preserved and maintained in a proper manner. He said Government should check the conversion of agricultural land ensuring that there should be no construction work on saffron lands.
Showkat Hussain Ganai asked for providing farmers fertilizers, latest tools and seeds at subsidized rates.
He also suggested that Government should pay attention to lift irrigation schemes to augment the irrigation facilities to the farmers.Surinder Choudhary said that Government should take some steps to restore the land that was washed away during 2014 floods, besides, Agricultural Universities should serve their mandate of research, extension and education for the benefit of the farmers.
Sajjad Kichloo said that Government should allocate more funds for development of Agricultural sector. He also urged that Government should stop diverting ReZs to Horticulture Department and do area-wise research to check the potential of various kinds of crops at different places.

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