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Chengannūr, India

Philip T.,Cluster Resource Center | Pillai R.V.,Cluster Resource Center
Indian Silk

Sericulture in Kerala could not sustain success, for different reasons. However, few farmers of Thiruvanvandoor panchayat of Chengannur cluster though took up rearing on a small scale, could reap regular cocoon harvests and sustained returns. Presented here is an account of their efforts, support under CDP and their setting up a model for the farmers in the neighbouring areas. Source

Rajadurai S.,Silkworm Seed Production Center | Rajadurai S.,Cluster Resource Center | Rajadurai S.,Central Sericultural Research and Training Institute | Philip T.,Silkworm Seed Production Center | And 5 more authors.
Indian Journal of Sericulture

Castor and tapioca, the two major food plants of eri silkworm, Samia cyntliia ricini (Boisduval) arc grown abundantly in southern states for castor oil and tapioca tuber. In the present study, a comparative analysis of rearing performance of eri silkworm on castor and tapioca in different seasons under South Karnataka conditions is made during the period 2004-06. Eri silkworm larvae were reared from ehawki to spinning stage on healthy castor and tapioca leaves. The rearing was conduced in racks with three full feedings per day. The study finds that castor leaf is superior to tapioca leaf during all the seasons. Rearing on castor leaves produced cocoons of higher quality in terms of silk % in almost all the seasons. However, during summer, rearing on tapioca leaves gave more silk %. Source

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