By Our Staff Reporter
Dehradun, 12 May: Dr Sardar Singh, scientist of Regional Sericulture Research Centre, Dehradun, paid a courtesy call on Governor Lt-General Gurmit Singh (Retd) at the Raj Bhavan, here, on Friday. He informed the Governor about the activities of the Centre. He said that the Central Silk Board has 5 centres in Uttarakhand. He added that 10,000 people are associated with silk production in Uttarakhand. The quality of silk here is of international standard and it has better prospects in the hill areas. He added that mulberry trees are being planted along the banks of the NH to promote silk production, which will be a green highway as well as economically beneficial for the people. Presently, work on planting saplings is going on at Roorkee and Khatima National Highways.
The Governor said that sericulture is a very profitable activity, especially in hill areas, and a good source of income. He said that silk production can prove to be effective in preventing migration and special efforts need to be made on this. Once a tree is planted, it can be harvested for 30-35 years.