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Project to provide technical support to mulberry farmers

By Our Staff Reporter

COIMBATORE, MAY 21. To help tribal mulberry farmers in the district adopt better technology in cultivation and silkworm rearing, the Regional Sericulture Research Station, Salem, will implement a "demonstration-cum-development" programme shortly.

About 150 tribal farmers in the Karamadai and Periyanaikenpalayam areas will benefit by this three-year project. It is to be implemented at a cost of around Rs. 15 lakhs, funded by the Department of Science and Technology, Government of India. The objective is to provide "socio-economic empowerment for tribal development through sericulture."

The principal investigator, S.M.H. Qadri, said most of the identified farmers were already involved in mulberry cultivation and each owned less than an acre. They would be guided on cultivation of high-yield mulberry and better rearing, and provided technical support.

Every year, about 50 farmers would be covered under the programme. Of them, the eligible farmers would be provided implements and saplings free of cost.

A training-cum-demonstration centre would be set up. This would gradually be opened to farmers not covered under the programme. A bench-mark survey was on in the Karamadai area. This would help the research station in creating data on the demands of the farmers.

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