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14 November 2011

Madhya Pradesh stands among leading states in non-conventional tusser cultivation

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By Pervez Bari

Bhopal: Within just one year of entering into the field of non-conventional tusser production, Madhya Pradesh stands among leading states in the sector like Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh, Orissa and Andhra Pradesh.

In the first year 2010-11 itself, beneficiaries produced 192 lakh tusser cocoon against the target of 150 lakh. Against the target of tusser cultivation in 5000 hectares of forest area, it was cultivated in 9,600 hectares. During the period, 5,600 producers were benefited by tusser cultivation.

Tusser producers of village Jyoteshwar in Narsinghpur district of the state have created history by earning an average income of Rs. 25,000. It is hoped that about 20,000 thousand producers will be benefited by tusser cultivation in the state during the current fiscal. After tusser cultivation and cocoon production, people of the state are also likely to get employment on a large scale in thread-making from tusser cocoons.

Tusser is a kind of silk. Producers of silk breed its cocoons on the trees of mulberry since its larva silkworm feeds on the leaves of mulberry alone while the larvae of tusser eats leaves of Arjun and Saja trees in forests and forms their cocoons on these trees. It is also called tusser silk or jungle silk.

The undivided Madhya Pradesh was a leading state in tusser production, but its bifurcation most of tusser producing areas went to the share of Chhattisgarh due to which newly carved Madhya Pradesh had lagged behind in its production. Now, the state is all set to regain its lost position in tusser production due to the sustained efforts made by the Bharatiya Janata Party ruled current State Government.

[Pervez Bari is a Journalist based at Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh. He is associated with IndianMuslimObserver.com as Bureau Chief (Madhya Pradesh). He can be contacted at pervezbari@eth.net]

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