The government has been extending many innovative schemes to promote Bivoltine sericulture under cluster promotion, said Director of Sericulture, Tamil Nadu, V. Prabhakaran.
Inaugurating the workshop on ‘Success of Bivoltine sericulture under cluster promotion programme in Tamil Nadu,’ organised by Regional Sericultural Research Station, Salem and Department of Sericulture, here on Wednesday, he said that Tamil Nadu had been producing more silk for the past two years, thanks to the sericulture farmers of the State.
He said that farmers in Gopichettipalayam had done the State proud by adopting Bivoltine sericulture under cluster promotion some 10 years back.
Farmers in Krishnagiri, Dharmapuri, Salem, Vellore, Erode, Coimbatore and Madurai are into sericulture. Under the JICA programme, the sericulture promotion had been taking place under the cluster mode.
At present, 35,551 acres of land was under mulberry cultivation in five regions in the State. It was planned to raise mulberry in 7500 acres in 2010-2011.
The government would give Rs. 4,125 as incentive per acre for the same. Fund also had been allotted to install drip irrigation system in 1,500 acres for which a subsidy of Rs. 15,000 per acre would be given. Inputs to farmers, training for women on harvesting mulberry and crop loans also had been sanctioned, he said.
S.M.H. Qadri, Director, Central Sericultural Research and Training Institute, Mysore, delivered the key-note address on ‘Technology Interventions in Popularising Bivoltine Sericulture in Tamil Nadu.’ Farmers who showed healthy results were felicitated.
Source: THE HINDU