Dr. Panna Lal Singh, Sr. Scientist, Central Institute of Agricultural Engineering, Nabibagh, Bhopal tells us about the solar cocoon dryer, an energy efficient and cost effective technology for the silk industry.

Jaishankar Jayaramiah

Bangalore: Mulberry plantations, running into thousands of hectares in and around Bangalore, are facing near extinction

The Saaja, Arjun, and Saal trees, which are available plenty in the forests, will now be used for the production of tusser on them. To start with, 2000 hectare area of forests has been identified for tusser production this year.

Silk, a highly priced agricultural commodity, accounts for about 0.2% of the total world production of textile fiber. Since sericulture stands next to agriculture for rural employment in India, it becomes a matter of concern to examine the sericulture production trend over the years and reasons for slow growth. The data for the study period 1980-81 to 2005-06 collected from Annual Reports of Central Silk Board were partitioned in two equal halves, the first 13 years (1980-81 to 1992-93) and next 13 years (1993-94 to 2004-06).

BHUBANESWAR: The State Government has decided to recast Serifed in a bid to boost sericulture in Orissa.

This was announced here yesterday by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik at a workshop on sericulture management.

BARIPADA: Mayurbhanj, predominantly inhabited by tribals, has bagged Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guaratee Act (MGNREGA) excellence award for 2008-09.

A couple growing the delicate Muga silk in Assam has put up a valiant and ingenious fight to safeguard its livelihood against unpredictable weather conditions..

Pankaj and Konika Rabha (extreme right) travelled to remote hilly areas to obtain wild, healthy seed cocoons to produce silkworms resistant to adverse weather. - WFS

Ratna Bharali Talukdar

Harsh climatic condition is affecting production of muga, the organic golden silk of Assam. This climatic condition has affected particularly, the aharua (June-July) and bhadiya (August) seed crops of this silk variety. This, in turn, is adversely influencing the commercial production of this precious silk yarn, said Joint Director of the State

The YSR Government