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Increase production of white cocoon, says Minister

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Welfare assistance distributed to 108 mulberry farmers

Minister for Municipal Administration and Rural Development K.P. Munusamy (second right) giving away welfare assistance to a mulberry farmer under the Catalytic Development Programme. Minister for Rural Industries P. Mohan (right) and V. Prabhakaran (second left), Chief Conservator of Forest and Director for Sericulture, are in the picture.- Photo: N. Bashkaran
Minister for Municipal Administration and Rural Development K.P. Munusamy (second right) giving away welfare assistance to a mulberry farmer under the Catalytic Development Programme. Minister for Rural Industries P. Mohan (right) and V. Prabhakaran (second left), Chief Conservator of Forest and Director for Sericulture, are in the picture.- Photo: N. Bashkaran

Need of the hour is to increase the production of white cocoon two-fold, said P. Mohan, Minister for Rural Industries, here, on Saturday.

Mr. Mohan distributed welfare assistance to 108 mulberry farmers to the tune of Rs. 93 lakh under the Catalytic Development Programme in the presence of K.P. Munusamy, Minister for Municipal Administration and Rural Development after inaugurating an exhibition at the Sericulture Training Institute. The subsidy under the scheme is shared by the State and Central Governments on a 50-50 basis.

Speaking at the function, Mr. Mohan called upon the farmers to increase the production of white cocoon two-fold, as the country was facing shortage of cocoon.

The Minister said that the Department of Sericulture was established in Salem in 1979. Since then various welfare schemes were implemented by the government for mulberry farmers and other related activities concerned with the production of silk.

Cooperation sought

Mr. Mohan urged the farmers to cooperate with the government to make the State number one in white cocoon production.

As many as 440 farmers were given aid to the tune of Rs.4 crore for constructing silkworm rearing sheds.

G. Santhanam, secretary, Handloom, Handicrafts, Textile and Khadi department, presided. V. Prabhakaran, Chief Conservator of Forest and Director of Sericulture, welcomed the gathering.

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