Silk has been an ancient trade in Kashmir and there have been hundreds of families dependent economically on silk weaving in Kashmir valley.
Central government has been providing funds to J&K administration under the scheme known as Silk Samagra Yojna.
The Central Silk Board has allocated Rs 35 crore for J&K under Silk Samagra Phase-II benefitting around 27,000 families involved in sericulture in the UT.
Central Silk Board, Ministry of Textiles will enhance the funding as per the requirements of the UT of J&K, so that more and more farmers and entrepreneurs are benefited in the coming years.
Recently Lt Governor Manoj Sinha suggested the inclusion of Krishi Vigyan Kendras to enable a strong support system for sharing of information and developing necessary facilities to increase the income of farmers and providing them with linkages to Sericulture FPOs.
He felicitated five progressive farmers and sericulturists and handed over cheques of Rs 1.57 lakh each to them.
Bilingual publication on sericulture was also released by the Lt Governor, besides the history and process of silk farming in J&K was showcased through a documentary.
Secretary, Union Ministry of Textiles, in his address, said that the Central Silk Board is working round the clock through its various regional centres to boost silk production. We are continuously focusing on quality and high-grade silk production.