Smt. Rajani, a women sericulturist hails from Patimetla village in Nalgonda district is practicing sericulture since 2010. Although she had participated training cum exposure visit to the sericulture unit at KVK Gaddipalli in the year 2009, she entered sericulture a year later after thoroughly analyzing the returns obtained by co-farmers in the village.
Planted mulberry hybrid in 2 acres, in place of cotton and chilli crops with the planting material supported by the department. Also constructed rearing shed of size 50’x20’x15’with the financial support provided by the department to the extent of Rs. 75000 towards the construction cost and Rs. 30000for infrastructure. Department has also facilitated bank loan to the extent of Rs. 90000 for shed construction. She is now earning good.
The leaf yield from 2 acres of mulberry garden is sufficient to feed the worms thrice a day at 6am, 12 noon and 6 pm. She could able to maintain average yield of 62 kg per 100 dfls. On an average harvesting 5 crops per year, barring in summer months from March to June. For the last 5 crops she had brushed 1300 dfls (aveg,260 dfls/crop) and obtained cocoon yield of 810kg. For the 5 crops, she had earned Rs. 1,84,900 including department subsidy @Rs.40 per kg Bivoltine cocoon sold.
Smt. Rajani’s husband apart from working in agriculture and busy with tractor driving also helps her in sericulture activity. She hires two men labour only after 4th moulting and 8-10 women labour for one day for separation of cocoons. The current wage rate in the village is Rs.100 – Rs. 120 per day for women and Rs. 150 per day for men, which she feels reasonable. She had realized that, the labour requirement is considerably reduced by directly procuring chawkie from KVK–Gaddipalli and using netrikas instead of bamboo made chandrikas for pupation. Moreover, labour is also showing interest to work in rearing shed under shade.
The bimonthly income in sericulture attracted her the most. This has created lots of confidence in her to get bank loan for a productive cause. She said her dependency on private loan at high rate of interest is totally stopped ssince she entered sericulture. Smt. Rajani is highly satisfied with the technical support and financial assistance extended by the department of sericulture.Satisfied with the returns in sericulture and is very confident that, she will continue with sericulture activity even if all the department subsidies and supports are withdrawn.