Altaf Hamid Rao.
MURPUR (AJK), (Parliament Times) : Representatives of all the concerned public~sector stake holders from AJK government functioneries and faculty members of Azad Jammu Kashmir University principally decided to coordinate with Sericulture Department of AJK to promote the activities through research oriented programs at university levels and financial and technical assistance through AKSIC, Agriculture, Social Welfare, AJK TEVTA, PnDD, ESMA, AKHUWAT Foundation, NRSP and other nation building institutes of the state.
The above institutions took the unanimous decision of encouraging the due productive activities of the Sericulture Department at the third grand event of the series of capacity~building workshop of the farmers of silk cocoon production besides other related issues, hosted by the Sericulture department in the State metropolis late Thursday.
Former Secretary Industries AJK govt. Kh. Muhammad Ahsen, Director General PID AJK Raja Azhar Iqbal, DG Sericulture AJK Syed Ali Asghar Shah while speaking on this occasion emphasized the need of bringing about all possible resources to promote the Sericulture Sector under the spirit of the national poverty alleviation program.
“Keeping in view the increased significance of Sericulture sector for poverty alleviation, livelihood, income generation and environmental protection, faculty members of the AJK university also offered the Sericulture officers to join them for first awareness Worksop on Sericulture at university level for further proceedings in the field”, Director General AJK Sericulture Department Syed Ali Asghar Shah later told our Special AJK Correspondent Altaf Hamid Rao Friday evening while highlighting the saliant features of the grand event.
He continued that after imparting 3 days training to over 1500 Sericulture farmers from various parts of the AJK state and distribution of mulberry plants, urea and rearing kits with imported silk seed, the 3rd day~long workshop concluded at tlJalal Abad Garden in the State metropolis with series of recommendations to boost the Sericulture sector in AJK State where due conducive environment coupled with huge natural potential is already available to promote the cottage Industry of Sericulture, he added.
The DG State Sericulture Department underlined that the workshop was attended among others by the potential/trained farmers of district Neelum, Muzaffarabad and Leepa n Jhelum valley to share their practical experiences and benefits due to rearing of silkworms during recent season.
Syed Ali Asghar Shah said that senior officers from other departments and institutions were also invited by the Sericulture department on this occasion to initiate mutual coordination regarding promotion of traditional activities of Sericulture for poverty alleviation, livelihood, women empowerment and environmental protection of this mostly hilly~terrain picturesque AJK State, he concluded.
Prominent among others who attend the ceremony include Muhammad Ahsen former Secretary GoAJK, Raja Azhar Iqbal DG, PID, Information, Qazi Inayat Ali MD AKSIC, Dr Saiqa Andleeb Assistant Professor Zoology University of AJK, Dr Abdul Raouf Asstt Professor AJKU, Dr Syed Ghulam Haider Kazmi former Chief Economist P&DD, Ahmad Hussain Director ESMA, Ms Amna Rafi DD Agriculture,
M Shafeeq Director Academics TEVTA, Engineer Altaf Hussain Director Technical P&DD, Amir Waheed Assistant Chief P&DD,
12- Rizwan Ullah Khan Entomologist Research Center Sericulture, Tahir Masoud DD Sericulture,
Fahad Kyani AD Sericulture Mukhtar Awan Social Welfare Officer,Mr Salaar Mehmood ASDO Sericulture, Sardar Safeer Khan Sericulture Farmer Chinnari, Hameed Mughal Sericulture Farmer MZD, M Tanveer Sericulture farmer MZD, M Parvez Sericulture farmer MZD, Ghulam Murtaza Sericulture farmer Neelum, Kamran Ali Sericulture farmer Leepa valley, Ijaz Hussain Lone Secretary Kashmir Liberation Cell and Sardar Gulzar Hussain DG ESMA.