Honourable Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu
Thiru. T.M. Anbarasan
Honourable Minister for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises Department
Thiru. Dharmendra Pratap Yadav, IAS
Principal Secretary to Government
Handlooms, Handicrafts, Textiles and Khadi Department
Thiru. Chandra Sekhar Sakhamuri IAS
Director of Sericulture.
Inclusive & Sustainable development of Silk Sector
Poverty alleviation through employment generation and entrepreneurship in rural and sub-urban areas
Achieve Self-Sufficiency in Silk Production
Increase the area under Mulberry Cultivation and bring more farmers to involve in Sericulture
Production of import substitute Bivoltine Silk – International Grade Silk
Strengthen the Post Cocoon Sector Infrastructures
Motivating farmers to involve in Sericulture, plant high yielding Mulberry Varieties and take up Bivoltine Silkworm rearing
Creation of Silk reeling entrepreneurs
Providing technical support in silkworm rearing and silk reeling
Providing market avenues for sale of cocoons and raw silk.
The Department has 19 seed farms involved in the maintenance of three tier system of silkworm seed production for the supply of basic seed for commercial seed production meant for sericulture farmers.
There are 32 Government silk farms functioning under the Department. These farms are used as demonstration cum training centres and also supply quality mulberry saplings and chawkie silkworms to the needy farmers.
The silkworm seed production centres known as grainages are playing a vital role for the development of Sericulture. Disease free silkworm layings are being produced and supplied to the Sericulture farmers by the following 11 State Government grainages.
Multi-graded Cold Storage
The Bivoltine silkworm eggs are preserved in the cold storage unit at various temperature levels.To preserve and supply the bivoltine eggs throughout the year, Three multi-graded cold storage units are functioning at Krishnagiri and Hosur in Krishnagiri district and Chinnavedanpatti in coimbatore district.
To provide technical assistance to Sericulture farmers in mulberry cultivation, garden maintenance, silkworm rearing and crop protection measures at their doorsteps, 105 Technical Service Centres are functioning in the State.
The department has established 20 cocoon markets in various districts of the State for enabling the farmers to transact the cocoons they produce. A committee consisting of buyers (reelers) and sellers (farmers) helps in fixing fair price for cocoon every day. The market staff facilitates open auction and reelers are allowed to bid and procure the cocoons.
Anna Silk Exchange
Government Anna Silk Exchange is the centre, wherein raw silk produced by the silk reelers of the State is being marketed. This exchange has been functioning since 1991. Silk brought for sales to the exchange is tested by the Regional Silk Technological Research Station, Two Silk Exchange units are functioning at Kancheepuram and Salem.
Tamil Nadu Co-operative Silk Producers’ Federation Limited(TANSILK), Kancheepuram was registered in 1978 as an apex body of Silk Co-operative Societies. It has six branches located at Arani, Coimbatore, Erode, Kancheepuram, Kumbakonam and Salem. Silk reelers, twisters and Silk Weavers’ Co-operative Societies are its members.
To impart refresher training to the field level functionaries of the department and to train new farmers and reelers on continuous basis, the Department of Sericulture has a training institute at Hosur with all infrastructure and residential facilities.