Shimla, May 18
Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur today inaugurated the second Silk Seed Production Center of the state at his own Assembly Constituency Seraj at Thunag in district Mandi. The Centre is to meet the need for silk seed production in the state and strengthen sericulture workers’ economy. While addressing a large gathering at Thunag, the Chief Minister said that 12 thousand farmers of the state were involved in sericulture. To meet the requirement of 7500 ounces of silk for the state, 2500 ounces of silk was being produced by Palampur, the first Silk Seed Production Center of the state, and the remaining 5000 ounces of silk would now be met by the Thunag Silk Seed Production Center which will help in the production of silk, which was earlier being imported.
He said that the construction work of Silk Entrepreneurship Development and Innovation Center at Bali Chowki with an expenditure of Rs. 4.94 crore was about to be completed, which is the first Centre in northern India. He said that the construction work of the Government Silk Center at Bagachanaugi, Saroa, Dharot, Murah, Deem-Kataru was nearing completion with the cost of Rs 2.5 crore to promote the silk industry in Seraj Valley. He said that Rs. 1.5 lakh per farmer would be provided to 200 farmers of the scheduled caste category for the construction of a silkworm rearing house. Besides this, Rs. 80 lakh has been provided to 200 farmers for silkworm rearing equipment, and Rs. 28 lakh was being provided for mulberry plantation to 200 farmers of scheduled castes. Besides this, Rs. 50 lakh has been provided to 700 farmers of the general category for mulberry plantation and purchase of silkworm rearing material. He said that these activities would give a boost to the silk industry in the state besides generating self-employment opportunities.
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