Area under mulberry cultivation in the state is steadily increasing every year, said Minister for Rural Industries and Labour P. Mohan here on Saturday.
This has been possible because of the efforts taken by the State Government by reaching the latest technology to farmers through heavy subsidies, he said while attending a programme organised by the Department of Sericulture here.
Growth in this sector will not have been possible without the hard work and dedication of farmers, he added.
More women have taken up sericulture as it is helping them reap big returns over a short period.
The Minister said Tamil Nadu was in the fourth place in the country in terms of production of katcha silk.
Construction of a new building to monitor silk development in the state is nearing completion in Salem. The cost is estimated to be Rs. 1.65 crore, the Minister said and added that another building would come up at Hosur to train farmers, and silk producers.
The Minister gave financial assistance, and other benefits worth Rs. 6.58 crore to 1,447 people.
A major share of the benefits (Rs. 5.25 crore) went towards providing a kit containing tools to grow mulberry plants, and for rearing silk worms.
Each kit cost Rs. 70,000. Farmers were given a 75 per cent subsidy. Assistance was given to install drip irrigation system too. The Minister for Highways and Minor Ports Edappadi K. Palanisamy; Director of Sericulture S. Prabakaran; District Collector K. Maharabushanam; and Salem Mayor S. Soundappan were present.Staff Reporter