`Better price for cocoons will attract farmers to sericulture'
SALEM: With many farmers in the district coming forward to take up sericulture activities, the Department of Sericulture has decided to establish more silk reeling basins.
In addition to the existing 115 basins, this year the department aims to establish 150 basins to ensure better opportunities for farmers to sell cocoons.
"The rise in the number of basins will increase the demand for cocoons. We have planned to encourage entrepreneurs to start more basins this year," said the Assistant Director of Sericulture S. Gopalsamy.
The presence of more silk yarn reelers will create a competitive environment, and farmers can get a good price for the cocoons. Better price for the cocoons will motivate many farmers in the district to take up sericulture activities, he added.
At present, 970 farmers in the district cultivated mulberry on 1,042 acres. The district produced over 1.18 lakh kg of cocoons up to August this year, Mr. Gopalsamy said.
Sericulture officials said intensifying sericulture activities and improving cocoon production in the State was more important, as the demand for raw silk was on the rise.
The current raw silk production of the State was insufficient to meet market demand.
Establishment of more silk yarn reeling basins would help attract more farmers to sericulture, they said. In a workshop held for farmers a few months ago, sericulture officials had said the country required about 25,000 tonnes of raw silk.
But farmers were able to produce only about 10,000 tonnes. As a result, the country was importing raw silk from countries such as China.
Sericulture officials asked entrepreneurs to come forward to establish silk yarn reeling basins. The department would provide guidance and assistance for setting up yarn reeling basins.