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Training held to promote silkworm rearing

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JAMMU: A training programme for the promotion of silkworm rearing was organised by Agriculture Technology Management Agency (ATMA), Jammu in the Sericulture Nursery, Jhajjar Kotli here on Wednesday.
Fifty farmers participated in the training programme.
Project Director ATMA, Dr. V.S Verma said that silkworm rearing was quite remunerating and emphasised that farmers should adopt it as an additional occupation for supplementing their farm income besides providing fillip to production stock of the nation.
B.B Sidha, Deputy Project Director ATMA explained that National Mission of Agricultural Extension and Technology was devoted to the service of farmers for filling the gaps in research and technology and reiterated the commitments of ATMA team for put in sincere efforts to take the latest technology to the doorsteps of farmers for increasing production and productivity of various crops in the field of agriculture and related sectors.
Anju Koul, Deputy Director, Sericulture Department apprised the farmers that the silk cocoon of this State is preferred by the buyers from other parts of the country due to its superior quality. She said that State’s product helps in fetching higher value to the farmers and manifests great prospects to change the socio-economic status of farmers. She gave a thorough lecture with practical demonstrations of various essential technical points during the process of silkworm rearing and informed the farmers about various schemes of the department for the promotion of sericulture in the State for producing quality silk.
She appreciated Makhno Devi, a progressive rearing farmer of Jhajjar Kotli who enhanced her cocoon production from 70 kg in 2013 to 120 kg in 2014 earning an additional income of twenty two thousand rupees besides her usual agricultural farming and exhorted other farmers to take a cue from her for adoption of silkworm rearing for supplementing their farm income vis-à-vis contributing in silk production of the country.
Ravinder Kachroo, Deputy Director ATMA presented the vote of thanks.
Sushil Garyali Coordinator and Sanyog Kotru Co-cordinator were also present in the training.

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