Dr. Syed Akheel Ahmed, Dean, Faculty of Science &Technology, University of Mysore, has called for the need to convert human resources to capital resources.

He was speaking as the chief guest at a function organised by Central Sericultural Research & Training Institute (CSRTI), Mysore, to release the book titled “Sericulture Made Easy” published by CSR&TI.

He congratulated Dr. S.M.H. Qadri, the Director of the Institute and his colleagues for bringing out such a publication.

Dr. Ahmed said that global economy is undergoing a change and hoped that India being a growing country could make a remarkable change in the development of the country by adopting knowledge-driven economy. Towards this, the publication which deals with techno-economic aspects of sericulture, will prove much useful. He advised to bring out all language versions of the publication.

Lauding the research advancements made by CSR&TI, particularly the superior quality silk producing new CB hybrid (L14xCSR2), he said that it should be taken forward to make sericulture more sustainable and profitable.

In his introductory remarks, Dr. Qadri spoke about the efforts of the institute which brought a revolution in silk production from a meagre 14 kg/100 dfls during 1960s to the present 75-80 kg /100 dfls. “These efforts have uplifted the socio-economic status of the sericulturists including down-trodden and women. Another breakthrough achievement is development of a new silkworm hybrid of indigenous origin but able to produce international grade silk, that is, L14xCSR2 recently by CSR&TI, Mysore,” he said.

“Though sericulture has become one of the most paying crops in South India and has brought prosperity and social elevation to its stakeholders, thanks to the scientists of CSR&TI, there is a need to guide entrepreneurs to take up sericulture in a simple way. And as a result, ‘Sericulture Made Easy’ is published,” he said.

The event was attended by scientists/officers of Institute besides other stake holders of industry, A. Rehman, Joint Director, Department of Sericulture, Mysore; Dr. G.S. Subramanya, Chairman, Dept. of Sericulture, University of Mysore; Dr. D. Manjunath, Professor of Sericulture, University of Mysore.

Courtesy : Star Of Mysore