From Rs. 1 crore to Rs. 30 crore in three years, says Commissioner
KRISHNAGIRI: The government grant for the sericulture sector has increased to Rs. 30 crores from Rs. 1 crore in three years, said Harmander Singh, Commissioner, Sericulture here on Thursday.
During the launching of an Intensive Sericulture Cluster Programme at Nerigam village near Berigai in Krishnagiri district, Mr. Singh said that the sericulture subsidy target has also increased to 10 times during the last three years i.e. from 1,000 farmers to 10,000 farmers.
He said sericulture is a respectable self employment opportunity for farmers, who can sell their cocoons directly to the consumers through the government-controlled 13 auction centres across the State.
This helps the farmers to get full price for their produce at Uzhavar Santhai (Farmers' Market), thus avoiding the middlemen and traders.
Sericulture is one of the profitable ventures if one can follow the technical expertise of the officials in the field. One can earn up to Rs. 1 lakh per month if he applies proper technology in sericulture farming, he added.
The subsidy for 2.5 acre land for sericulture farming has been increased to Rs. 1.5 lakh from Rs. 50,000 in the past.
Mulberry plants were cultivated over 4,000 acres in and around Hosur, including 400 acres in Berigai through 300 farmers.
All of them were given necessary training on mulberry cultivation and also extended loan for the same, Mr. Singh added.
R. Narayan, Chief General Manager, NABARD, said the success and failure of the project lies in the hands of the sericulture farmers, it is for them to decide their fate. The banks, Sericulture Department and government can only provide funding, training and technical know-how.
NABARD is extending a grant of Rs. 46.94-lakh for capacity building for about 250 farmers from ‘Soil to Silk' concept.
Hence, farmers should choose the right technique to cultivate mulberry plants and to grow cocoons to reap maximum benefit from their investments.
By using the training offered by the Sanjeevani Trust, a Nodal Agency implementing the sericulture cluster project, farmers should be a role model and become brand ambassadors, it was pointed out.