Prof K S Rangappa, Vice-Chancellor, University of Mysore on Friday said “The sericulture is the future of our country as it can generate more employment to the youngsters. India has always been a remarkable achiever in the field of textile and sericulture.”
After inaugurating two-day special lecture series on ‘Recent trends in sericulture’ organised by the Department of Studies in Sericulture Science, he said “The sericulture provides employment to about nine million people out of which 54 percent are women. Even Karnataka has shown remarkable advancement in the production of sericulture products. Of 27,000 metric tons produced in the country, the state has a lion’s share with the production touching 10,000 metric tons.”
“We can call Karnataka as the land of sericulture as every foreigner visiting India comes and buys the silk sarees and other sericulture products. We can observe that the sericulture is a future, because it is purely an agro-based, eco friendly, increases domestic labour market.”
“We have greater responsibility to provide sufficient technical expertise from the academics to the field of agriculture. And there is need for organising more seminars to focus on the real issues in the field of agriculture,” he added.
Dr Shiva Prasad, director, Central Sericultural Research and Training Institute, Mysuru; Prof Basavaiah, chairman, Department of Studies in Sericulture Science, UoM and over 100 students were present.