Staff Correspondent

MYSORE: With a view to popularising sericulture technologies pertaining to improved mulberry and silkworm races, better mulberry cultivation methods and silkworm rearing practices, disease and pest management methods, the Central Sericultural Research and Training Institute (CSRTI) will be holding a "Reshme Krishi Mela" at its premises on January 6 and 7.

According to a press statement from CSRTI Director S.B. Dandin, the mela will feature live demonstration of new technologies.

A sericulture technology exhibition of research findings will be held to enlighten the farmers about the new technologies developed by the institute. On January 6, a technical session will be held in which scientists of the institute, extension officers of the Department of Sericulture and farmers from different parts of Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu will interact.

"This mela assumes importance in the history of the institute because of two reasons viz. preparing farmers to produce large quantity of bi-voltine cocoons of improved races to meet the demand for high quality silk by weavers and to make the country self-sufficient in raw silk requirement," Dr. Dandin said in the release.