Soil to silk: A way of sustainable rural development in Tripura
Sericulture with its unique characteristics plays a vital role in upgrading the socio-economic conditions of the rural folk. In view of the importance of the sericulture this paper tries to enlighten the importance of sericulture in rural people of Tripura. Sericulture is the symbol for self-employment and provides vibrancy to village economics. In Tripura, Sericulture schemes are being implemented through SHGs and women Mulberry Rearers Cooperative Societies which become a symbolic medium for empowering women. Plantation area of and Number of beneficiaries are increasing day by day. From the study it was found that, Sericulture now days are one of the best profitable employment avenues for rural folk, especially tribal women in Tripura. Among 8 districts of Tripura, Sericulture cluster are present in 7 districts except in Unakoti district. Sericulture in Tripura comes under the Department of Handloom, Handicrafts & Sericulture (DHHS) and controlled by the Principal Secretary, Industries & Commerce (HHS), Govt. of Tripura, Agartala. Govt. has given a special emphasis on development of Sericulture with the view to utilize the un-used flat tilla land and to involve the rural masses in the field of Sericulture through implementation of special project for women beneficiaries. As a result, now they can earn on an average Rs. 25,000/-to Rs.2, 00,000/-in 4 seasons of a year.