Chandigarh: To faucet into ever rising demand of silk material, Punjab Forest Department has ready a Project on Livelihood Improvement on Sericulture Farmer in Dhar Block of Pathankot district of Punjab by utilization of vacant forest land in kandi areas underneath Silk Samagra.
Disclosing this, the Forests Minister Sadhu Singh Dharamsot stated that the 3.6 crores venture a boon for the farmers of the area and would give main impetus to the sericulture improvement throughout the state.
This venture is permitted by Central Silk Board, Bangluru Ministry of Textile, Government of India on twenty sixth july, 2021, and underneath this pilot venture 5 villages i.e. Durang khad , Phangtoli , Bhadan , Samanu/Junghath and Bhabhar of Dhar Block of Pathankot District have been chosen the place 37500 saplings of mulberry will probably be planted.
It is pertinent to point out right here that there’s poor availability of mulberry leaves which was a serious hindrance in the Sericulture Development in Punjab. The Forest Department has chosen 116 beneficiaries amongst these villages.
These beneficiaries will probably be offered neighborhood rearing homes , rearing home equipment coaching and so on. by Forest Department in collaboration with Central Silk Board and Department of Horticulture Punjab.
Shri V.B Kumar, Principal Chief Conservator of Forests, Punjab stated that that is an modern venture and anticipated to give new enhance to sericulture improvement not solely in Punjab however different area of North West India the place huge vacant forest areas may be built-in with sericulture actions with out disturbing the forest actions however producing scope of further earnings from the forest land to the landless and marginal farmers to improve their earnings.
This will create livelihood alternative by way of idea of agro- forestry by integration sericulture actions in vacant forest land by way of Village Forest Committee(s) & Self Help Groups in the Kandi areas particularly in Dhar Block of Pathankot Forest Division. Earlier there was a spot in advertising and marketing of Silk cocoon. Now the division will probably be introducing digital applied sciences like cell utility to hyperlink the whole silk business provide chain, serving to sericulture farmers get higher costs for his or her produce to guaranteeing high quality of cocoons stated Sanjeev Tiwari Conservator of Forests.