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Value addition to byproducts of sericulture industry by better resource management

G. Srinivasaa, Rahmathullab, V.K, G.S. Vindhyac & Jalaja S. Kumard
aNational Silkworm Seed Organization, Central Silk Board, Bangalore
bBasic Seed Farm, NSSO, Central Silk Board, Mysore
cCentral Sericultural Research and Training Institute, Mysore
dCentral Sericultural Research and Training Institute, Berhampore

Received 22nd July, 2013; Revised 26h August, 2013

Abstract : Sericulture is a promising enterprise playing a significant role in uplifting women as women perform about 60% of the activities. Sericulture technologies developed in the recent past are more appropriately suitable to women. The entrepreneurship development for utilization of bye products of sericulture for value addition is not exploited till recently. Hence, an attempt is made in the present study to train women for producing cocoon handicrafts commercially. During the programme, the women were taught how to practice different technical skills, exposed to demonstrations on preparing handicrafts and allowed to practice by them selves. The present investigation was carried out with 100 trained women selected from south Indian states from the registers maintained at the training division, CSRTI, Mysore. The data were collected after two years of training by personally visiting them with a structured schedule. Various training performance indices were worked out and found that the participants were very much satisfied about the way the programmes were conducted. The variance for all the programmes was found to be above 10 per cent indicating acceptance of the programmes by the women participants. The trained women have enterprise themselves in to preparation of cocoon handicrafts, vermi compost, rearing young age silkworms on commercial basis. Almost 15% of the women trained in different programmes have ventured in to setting up of new business units. The ventures initiated by the trained women were provided with necessary support and guidance under Catalytic Development Programme (CDP) so that the beneficiary continues in the business. The demand for programmes, which directly helps in creating enterprises in rural areas in sericulture sector, has been steadily increased. The successful women after setting up of own business ventures are providing employment to 10-15 people in the village through out the year, thus contributing to economic development. Similar training programme may be planned in new areas covering and new women farmers.

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