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The district is predominantly agrarian. It has 6 Talukas with 1321 inhabited villages. The district known for silk and milk. In the District, extension wing is headed by The Deputy Director of Sericulture, Zilla Panchayath, Chikkaballapur and is assisted by 5 Assistant Directors at taluka level. 14 Technical service centers at the hobli. Department has good market system comprising on class I market at Sidlaghatta. 3 class II markets at Chintamani, H.cross and Chikkaballapura. To cater to the needs of the Sericulture farmers there are 5 Govt.grainages at Chadalapur, Chintamani, Gowribidanur, Sidlaghatta,Thalagawara and 65 Pvt., licensed seed preparers. There are 3354 reeler families of which 30 are engaged in multiend units. Area under mulberry in district is 13358.53hectares in 1131villages covering 15570 familes of which 1159-SC, 1276-ST, 219-Minorities. Annualy 145.55 lakh disease free silkworm laying are brushed to produce 9425 M.Tonnes of silkworm cocoons and silk of 1346M.tones with average yield 71 kg per 100 disease free layings and generates Rs.282 crores income for the Sericulturists.
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Deputy Director of Sericulture 08156-262098


To facilitate production of targeted quality silk and achieve the object of the silk project, Govt. propose to strengthen the support extended to the farmers. 1.Assistance to farmers for plantation of improved varieties of mulberry. 2.Assistance to farmers for procurement of rearing equipment . 3.Assistance for drip irrigation.  4.Assistance to farmers for procurement of quality disinfectants.  5.Assistance for construction of rearing houses Beneficiaries are, Interested Sericulture farmers who are having irrigated land focusing on Poor and marginal farmers mainly women in rural areas.Dept.  Prescribed forms available at all Sericulture Extension Officers.

Programs 2012-13
Physical(IN NOs) financial(IN LAKHS)
Assistance to Mulberry Planatation 830 42.22
Subsidy for Drip Irrigation 678 168.63
Subsidy for construction rearing house 316 227.18
Subsidy for rearing equipments 1756 396.07
Incentive for cocoon production 1183.8 186.66
Subsidy for construction of Mounting Hall 190 68.05
Subsidy for Mechanization 197 155.00
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