Mufti proposes ~~Kashmir willow~~ as brand name

Published: Tuesday, July 19, 2005, 23:53 [IST]
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Bijbehara (JK):Keen on promoting cricket bat industry in Jammu and Kashmir, chief minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed proposed a brand name for cricket bats manufactured in the state saying it would standardise the local product and ensure better market.

Sayeed proposed 'Kashmir willow' as the brand name for locally manufactured cricket bats and said it would ensure that poor quality pieces were not sold in the name of Kashmir products.

The chief minister was speaking at a function after laying foundation stone of a Common Facility Centre for cricket bat industry - first of the kind in the state.

Setting July 13, 2006 as the deadline for completion of the Rs 5.72 crore project, Sayeed said additional 15 hectares of land would be acquired to raise a cricket bat cluster here.

Sayeed stressed on the need for scientific seasoning of willow clefts and promised to set up a seasoning plant within three-four months.

At present, the manufacturers depend on natural seasoning which was time consuming, he said.

Deputy chief minister Mangat Ram Sharma said that to encourage the local manufacturers the Government had stopped export of willow clefts from the valley.

Principal secretary, Industries and Commerce, A Sahasaranaman said quality control labs would be set up at the centre and designing of bats would be done as per market requirement. Efforts would be made to get samples of English willow from Britain for its propagation here, he added.

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