J&K govt revamps woolen industry to provide economic growth to 50,000 families

Srinagar, July 5 (Agency) J&K Government is initiating a framework to revamp the woolen industry to provide economic growth opportunities to around 50,000 families associated with it, an official spokesman said on Tuesday. The reformative policies of the Government are providing economic growth opportunities to around 50,000 families associated with the woollen industry in J&K. Pertinently, J&K is the 2nd largest producer of wool in the country, producing approximately 70 lakh kgs of wool per annum.

To give boost to this sector, a Showroom cum Interpretation Centre at Government Woolen Mill, Bemina was established under the World Bank funded Jhelum Tawi Flood Recovery Project (JTRFP) and was recently inaugurated by Lieutenant Governor, Manoj Sinha. The showroom will provide a direct Market for 80,000 Kgs of locally produced wool annually, benefiting around 1600 sheep rearing families. The new Showroom cum Interpretation Centre will greatly impact the livelihood opportunities of people working in the mill, besides providing market opportunities for the thousands of wool-producing farmers of J&K.

“J&K Industry has a tie-up with e-commerce platform ‘Amazon’ through Silk Mark Organisation of India (SMOI) as an e-marketing channel. Registration on GeM portal was completed and Professional catalogues and brochures were also developed,” an official said. “Reputed designers are being roped in to develop new product ranges in line with present market trends and fashions”, he added. Domestic production of wool in the country is not adequate and the industry is dependent on imports. The wool import to the nation stands at 77 million Kgs per year. The Jammu and Kashmir government is taking initiatives to increase considerable wool production amalgamated with the installation of processing units which would help in bolstering the economy.