Staff Reporter

More farmers have taken up cultivation of white cocoons

Krishnagiri: The Department of Sericulture has asked farmers to adopt modern agricultural techniques to increase production.

Mulberry cultivation

Farmers could take up mulberry cultivation by adopting new techniques including wider spacing and improved irrigation facilities.

A release said Japanese International Cooperation Agency method of white silkworm rearing and mulberry cultivation had become a money-spinner in the district.

More farmers in Dharmapuri and Krishnagiri districts had taken up cultivation of white cocoons.

The programme was implemented by the Central Silk Board in association with Department of Sericulture and Japanese scientists at Hosur in Krishnagiri district.

The Government was providing a subsidy of 50 per cent to farmers for rearing sheds and equipment and 70 per cent for drip irrigation facilities. Japanese technology was adopted to ensure quality disease-free laying and increased cocoon productivity.

The main objective of the project was to improve the quality of cocoon production and provide sustainable income to farmers.

The Department had asked farmers to apply under the scheme and benefit.