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After floriculture and dairy farming, sericulture getting popular in Nahan

After floriculture and dairy farming having attracted the attention of small and marginal farmers here, sericulture is also catching up their fancy for higher income. Sericulture is not only providing subsidiary employment to them, but is also supplementing the income of rural farmers, especially the economically weaker sections of the society, who are rearing silk worms for producing silk cocoons.

punjab Updated: Nov 26, 2013 17:22 IST
Shalender Kalra

After floriculture and dairy farming having attracted the attention of small and marginal farmers here, sericulture is also catching up their fancy for higher income.


Sericulture is not only providing subsidiary employment to them, but is also supplementing the income of rural farmers, especially the economically weaker sections of the society, who are rearing silk worms for producing silk cocoons.

Nearly 794 farmers in 96 villages of the district have adopted sericulture, out of which 330 people belong to the scheduled caste category.

With the production of 6,700kg cocoons worth Rs 11 lakh, the district has set an example for others. It is being practiced most in Doon valley of Paonta Sahib.

Silk seed production officer Baldev Chauhan said there was a proposal for setting up a silk thread production unit at a cost of Rs 10 lakh somewhere near Dhalakuan in which 10% share would be of farmers.

He said sericulture, being a labour-intensive rural cottage industry, is also providing employment to the people.

At the same time, he said, farmers were also being advised to go in for the cultivation of mulberry (shahtoot) trees under MANREGA. A target has been set that every farmer would plant at least 300 trees.

Members of the cocoon production committee Bhura Khan and Mam Raj, who have been associated with sericulture for the past many years, said sericulture adopted in a proper way could benefit the farmers a lot.

Two other farmers Dhayano Devi and Dalip Singh said that the sericulture could be done side by side with the cultivation of other crops as it does not need any separate time.

The farmers who have made a name by being successful in sericulture included Dhayano Devi, Akhtar Ali, Dalip Singh, Joginder Singh, Jaipal, Khem Chand, Sant Ram and Bimla Devi etc.