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Importance of Sericulture

Silk and Sandalwood are unique to Karnataka.  Sericulture is a tradition in Karnataka and culturally the state accords great value to Silk.  It is a fascinating story of Soil to Silk & Fabric.

Mysore silk has been accorded the Geographical indicator status.  Sericulture flourished with the royal patronage of Tippu Sultan and the Wodeyars.  The Mysore Royal family in the Mysore Kingdom.

Sericulture is the rearing of silkworms coupled with mulberry cultivation and reeling for production of raw silk and it has been practiced in the State for the last 250 years.  This is a Farm-based, labour intensive and commercially attractive economic activity falling under cottage and small scale sector.  Sericulture has been successful in eradication of rural poverty, resulting in social as well as economic development, mainly in rural areas. Sericulture once considered as a subsidiary occupation in the past is now being considered as an independent main avocation.

The farm and non-farm activities create employment to 60-70 lakh people every year mostly in rural India.  Sericulture offers scope of transferring wealth from high and urban customers to farmers and artisan classes.  Rural employment generation and inclusive development is readily addressed by Sericulture and is a significant rural transformation Sector.  60% of the work in sericulture is done by women and sericulture plays a key role in rural women empowerment.  In several districts of the State, the sericulture is mainstay and livelihood of small, marginal farmers and weaker sections of the society and traditional source of livelihood.

The farm and non-farm activities create employment for 60-70 lakh people every year mostly in rural India. Sericulture offers scope of transferring wealth from high and urban customers to farmers and artisan classes. Rural employment generation and inclusive development is readily addressed by Sericulture and is significant rural transformation Sector.  60% of the work in sericulture is done by women and sericulture plays a key role in rural women empowerment.  In several districts of the State, the sericulture is mainstay and livelihood of small, marginal farmers and weaker sections of the society and traditional source of livelihood. sericulture and silk industries are important sectors of employment for nearly 12 lakh households in Karnataka.

Last Updated: 25-11-2021 03:50 PM Updated By: Admin


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