Cocoon market in the district to be expanded
PUDUKOTTAI: Sericulture has been gaining popularity among the farming community in the district with 415 acres having been brought under mulberry cultivation in the last few years, Collector Reeta Harish Thakkar said.
Presiding over an awareness camp on ‘Sericulture’ organised by the Sericulture Department here on Thursday, the Collector said that the acreage under mulberry stood at just 72 acres about eight years ago.
Explaining the assured returns from this agricultural activity, the Collector said that several farmers of Alankudi, Aranthangi, Kothamangalam and Viralimalai had switched over to sericulture from the conventional crops.
Describing sericulture as a rural employment-generation activity, the Collector said that at least five villagers on every acre of mulberry got an assured job all through the cultivation season.
She promised that the cocoon market in the district would be expanded into a larger procurement centre in course of time, as the strength of the mulberry cultivators was swelling in a steady phase.
Loans to be given
The Collector said that banks would sanction adequate loans to farmers taking up sericulture activity in the district.
Deputy Director of Sericulture, Tiruchi, C. Sam Devadoss, said that an exhibition, explaining the technical details and safe rearing of silk-worms was organised as part of the awareness camp.
Scientists from the Central Silk Board, P. Sivasubramanian and P.A. Rajarajan explained the scope of sericulture and the technical assistances being given by the department.
Special Officer of Pudukottai District Central Cooperative Bank T. Ramanidevi, Assistant Director of Agriculture N. Annamalai and Liasion Officer Agriculture Technology Management Agency Project R. Jagadeeswari were among those who spoke.