The regional sericulture research station, Central Silk Board, Salem organized a sericulture farmers’ enlightenment programme.
Organized jointly with Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Tamil Nadu Agricultural University, Sandhiyur near here recently, the programme was presided over by R.Balakrishna, Scientist-D Regional Sericultural Research Station, Salem.
In his address, he said farmers should follow the latest sericulture technologies to improve the silk worm crops and get good returns.
He advised the farmers to go for organic farming and testing of soil of their mulberry gardens.
Sam Devadass, Deputy Director, Department of Sericulture (HQ), Salem said that farmers should follow the latest technologies to control mulberry pest.
Particularly, he asked the farmers to control papaya mealy bug. He asked the Research Station and KVKs to produce more ‘paracitiod’ to release in the fields for the benefit of famers.
S. Gopalasamy, Regional Deputy Director (I/C), Department of Sericulture, Trichy and G. Chandran, Assistant Director, Department of Sericulture, Namakkal explained the details of subsidy schemes available.
Further, they told the farmers to take up sericulture on top priority for better returns.
S. Manickam, Programme Coordinator, KVK, Salem spoke about coordination with Central Silk Board for the interest of farmers in this region.
He advised the farmers to utilise the facilities available in KVK as already extended facilities for using the video conferencing facilities in transfer of sericulture technology. P. Udayakumar ADA, (Agri), Department of Agriculture, Salem also participated.
In the technical session, C. A. Mahalingam, Professor, Department of Sericulture, TNAU, Coimbatore presented control measures for papaya mealy bug especially the method of release of ‘parasitoid’ in the field.
N. Ravi Scientist-C, S. Rajakumar, Scientist-C and J.Ravikumar Scientist-C, Regional Sericultural Research Station, Salem and Geetha, Assistant Professor, KVK, TNAU, Sandhiyur spoke on sericulture technologies.
The farmers also had interaction with scientists. An exhibition was also organised during the programme in which leading sericulture product companies and representatives of ‘chawkie’ rearing centres participated.
Source: THE HINDU