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ECONOMIC VIABILITY OF SERICULTURE IN SOUTHERN TAMIL NADU - A CASE STUDY

N. Sakthivel*, P. Kumaresan1, R. Balakrishna2 and B. Mohan
Research Extension Centre, Central Silk Board, Srivilliputtur-626 125, India
sakthivelcsb@hotmail.com

DOI:
Page Range:
98 - 104
Article ID:
ARCC619
Online Published:
Abstract
Thirunelveli and Virudunagar districts of southern Tamil Nadu have congenial agro-climatic conditions to practice sericulture. However, sericulture development is still in nascent stage in these two districts with the area under mulberry of 419.92 and 107.80 ha, respectively. The farmers would accept sericulture as a viable occupation only if it is more profitable than the major crops cultivated in the area. Therefore, the economics of sericulture was compared with the major crops namely, paddy, maize, green gram, sugarcane and cotton cultivated in Thirunelveli and Virudunagar districts. The results of the study indicated that the profit earned from sericulture was comparatively higher than that of all other major crops cultivated in the area. This shows that sericulture has potential for development in Thirunelveli and Virudunagar districts.
Keywords
Economics, Major crops, Sericulture, Southern, Tamil Nadu.
References
  1. Dandin, S.B., S.M.H. Qadri, Thirunavukkarasu and Krishnamoorthy (2005) "Comparative Economics of Sericulture with Major Cash Crops in Erode District of Tamil Nadu", The 20th Congress of the International Sericultural Commission 2005, held at Bangalore, December 15-18, 2005, pp.233-236.
  2. Department of Sericulture, Government of Tamil Nadu, http://www.tnsericulture.gov.in/ prototype2/ Briefnoteonesriculture.htm.
  3. Department of Economics and Statistics, Government of Tamil Nadu http://www.tn.gov.in/deptst/.
  4. Kumaresan,P and Vijaya Prakash, N.B. (2001), "Comparative Economics of Sericulture with Competing Crops in Erode District of Tamil Nadu", Indian J. Sericulture, 40(2):pp.142-146.
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