Shillong, India: The Central Silk Board (CSB) and Meghalaya State Space Application Centres in India rolled out the project, ‘Applications of Remote Sensing and GIS in Sericulture Development’, under the XI Five Year Plan of Government of India.
The project aims to identify potential areas for development of silkworm food plants in 24 states across the country covering 106 districts and develop silk such as mulberry, eri, muga and tasar through a network called Sericulture Information Linkages and Knowledge System (SILKS).
SILKS is a single window information and advisory service system for the farmers providing computerised information, storage, value addition and supply of sericulture knowledge to the users in local languages.
CSB said that States on their own are developing the silk industry but there is still an information gap at the grassroots in producing silkworm food plants. CSB is collaborating with the North Eastern Space Application Centre (NESAC) to take forward the project in the region.
The current demand for silk is 30,000 ton but the country produces about 23000 ton, according to the CSB. The board is trying to extend the cultivation of silk in non-traditional areas like Punjab, Haryana, Madhya Pradesh, etc.
“Sericulture is one of the important economic sectors in India. Compared to agricultural crops, sericulture provides more employment all round the year and fetches higher income for rural farm families,” officials said.
Source: Assam Tribune