Sericulture can reduce farm distress in Vid, Marathwada: Minister

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 16 Dec 2018 10:02:16


Business Bureau,

Maharashtra Cooperative, Textile and Marketing Minister Subhash Deshmukh on Saturday said that sericulture has the potential to reduce farm distress in the regions like Marathwada and Vidarbha where scanty rainfall is a big challenge. While inaugurating the ‘Maha-Reshim Abhiyan - 2019’ here, he said that the agro based business is also capable of creating employment opportunities in rural areas
of the State.

The Directorate of Sericulture launched couple of initiatives along with the drive aimed at promoting silk farming in the State. The directorate unveiled booklet dedicated to sericulture and a calendar. Besides, the Maharashtra State Handloom Corporation launched a mobile app. Large number of farmers and others attended the event.

President of Maharashtra State Handloom Corporation Prakash Patil; MLC Professor Jogendra Kawade; Maharashtra Textiles Secretary Atul Patne; Bhagyashree Banait, Director, Directorate of Sericulture; Deputy Commissioner, Income Tax - Sanjay Dhiware; and Chairman of Nagpur Nagarik Sahakari Bank Sanjay Bhende; were seated on dais. Deshmukh further said that the Government is making efforts to sensitize farmers on tussar and mulberry silk cultivation as it highly rewarding agro-business for the farmers. “The cultivation will not only give returns to the farmers but it will also help us get rid of farmers suicides. Systematic approach and sincere work in this sector will lead to doubling the income of farmers,’ he said adding that Mulberry silk cultivation is possible in regions where deficit rainfall poses big threat to the farmers.

“Moreover, the cost of cocoons is very high as compered to agro-produce like cotton, sugarcane and soyabean among others. Apart from this, the prices of cocoon never fluctuate as it happens in case of cotton and other commodities,” he said.

Drawing comparisons between sugarcane and mulberry silk cultivation Deshmukh said in sericulture farmers need not have to wait too long for getting money. “On an average, it takes about 15-18 months for the sugarcane farmers to get the money deposited in their bank account. But it is not so in sericulture,” he explained. Deshmukh appealed to the farmers, youths in rural areas and others to take up sericulture to bring in prosperity to thier respective regions.
Expressing his views, Prakash Patil also said that more and more farmers should adopt sericulture to increase their income. Jogendra Kawade felt that the ‘Maha-Reshim Abhiyan - 2019’ should be implemented throughout the State very aggressively.

Though the State is offering schemes and encouraging farmers to take up seriulture, Atul Patne said Mulberry silk cultivation is so rewarding that farmers need not wait for financial assistance from the the Government.

Bhagyashree Banait spoke about the ‘Maha-Reshim Abhiyan - 2019’ also assured the farmers to provide them all possible assistance. On the occasion, the department felicitated some of the farmers for their outstanding contribution in sericulture. The successful farmers shared their views to inspire others.