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J&K government gets assistance from Meerut based centre in promoting bat industry

Last Updated on August 9, 2022 at 8:15 pm

Jammu and Kashmir government is taking the help of Meerut based processing centre for promotion of bat industry.

The team from Meerut visited cricket bat cluster in Sethar village at Sangam area of Anantnag district to assess how the bat industry there could be revived. This cluster has been earlier funded by the Union MSME Ministry and now they are keen to provide an impetus to the cluster.

An official spokesperson said that J&K government is keen towards promotion of cricket bat industry of Kashmir enabling the Kashmir willow cricket bat to become a world class product.

“In order to revive Kashmir’s cricket bat manufacturing and other wood-based industry, a team of Union Ministry of Medium, Small and Micro Enterprises officials had also visited valley to find ways for extending support” the spokesperson said.

He added that in this direction Common Facility Centre, Sethar was established at an estimated cost of Rs 4.61 crore with plant and machinery installed by PPDC, Meerut incurring an expenditure of Rs 2.46 crore.

The objective of this CFC is to facilitate seasoning of willow clefts and provide all facilities to the Cricket Bat Unit holders under one roof. This will enable the unit holders to use modern techniques in production of world class cricket bats.

J&K government has also given registration certificates to bat manufacturing unit owners of Anantnag and Pulwama, which would enable them to avail all benefits from the government, aimed at strengthening the industry.