Distribution of silkworm seed among cocoon producers of Kashmir division

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According to the Director Sericulture Development Department, the department has released 09 lakh DFLs of double hybrid silkworm seed from the cold store for distribution among the cocoon producers of the valley. This seed will be incubated and reared in 227 Chawki Rearing Centres organised by the department throughout the valley.

Sericulture Development Department has planned to provide 100% Chawki reared worms to silkworm rearers with an aim and objective to ensure increase in cocoon production and productivity. In addition cocoon producers will be provided disinfectants and rearing kits to rear silkworms for production of quality cocoon. Extension staff of the department has been fully geared up to guide cocoon producers. To improve cocoon productivity and cocoon quality for better returns to the rearers Cluster Approach has been adopted. As a result twelve sericulture clusters have been established in the valley. With proper arrangements and technical guidance to rearers valley is expected to produce more than 4 Lac kg of cocoon during spring season.

There is special focus to establish silk reeling units in private sector so that cocoon produced is processed locally for value addition. It is pertinent to mention that due to concerted efforts of the Sericulture Development Department there has been notable improvement in cocoon production and productivity. Awareness and adoption of improved production technologies by silkworm rearers has resulted in good returns to them and cocoon production has become attractive and profitable.