Pune: Sericulture farming can be a good option for farmers to prevent farmers’ suicides, said Maharashtra Textile Minister Subhash Deshmukh.
The minister was speaking at the prize distribution ceremony of Sericulture Awards (Mahareshim 2018) at Yashwantrao Chavan Academy of Development Administration (YASHADA) in Baner on Wednesday.
“Maharashtra should try to be number one in silk production in the country,” added Deshmukh.
The minister stressed that Marathwada and Vidharba should emerge as two places with the maximum production of silk.
“Farmers are surrounded with various problems, especially farmers from Marathwada and Vidharba. The two places are economically backward and sericulture can be a good option for these farmers,” added Deshmukh, who appreciated the efforts put in by farmers in producing silk.
Kailash Kanse, Director General of Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar Research and Training Institute (BARTI), said that officials of BARTI are trying to spread awareness about silk farming. Kanse said that the initiative is bringing positive changes in the lives of farmers.
Deshmukh said that farmers should target silk production on 30,000 acres of land in 2018.