Sericulture Technology

By Dr.M.Swamiappan   |   Tamilnadu Agricultural University, Tamil Nadu
Learners enrolled: 572
Sericulture Technology is an important village oriented Entrepreneur Development Programme.
The course aims at following objectives:

* To know Technology of Mulberry cultivation and basic inputs of water, irrigation, fertilizers, and pest management.
*To study the biology and varieties of mulberry silkworms and the basic techniques of silk production and construction of cocoons
* To follow proper  technology of rearing silkworm larvae and using disinfection methods so that to get healthy cocoons
*The course also aims to teach post cocoon techniques like stifling, reeling, and utilization of byproducts 
*Above all the sustainability to get a steady and reasonable income to growers and Sericulture farmers and improving rural economy are the ultimate  objectives of the course.

Course Status : Completed
Course Type : Core
Duration : 8 weeks
Start Date : 22 Jan 2020
End Date : 15 Mar 2020
Exam Date : 16 Sep 2020
Enrollment Ends : 08 Mar 2020
Category :
  • Biological Sciences & Bioengineering
Level : Undergraduate

Course layout

Week- I

1. Introducing the Basics of Sericulture
2. Mulberry Cultivation
3. Familiarising With the Methods of Propagation

Week - II

4. Understanding the Nutritional requirements 
5. Getting to know irrigation

Week - III

6. Pruning of mulberries
7. Harvesting Mulberries
8. Understanding Pest Management

Week - IV

9. Understanding the History of Silkworm
10. Classification of silkworm
11. Morphology and Physiology of Mulberry Silkworm

Week - V

12. Comprehending the structure of Silkglands
13. Rearing House and Silkworm Rearing
14. Disinfecting Rearing house

Week - VI

15. Incubation of Silkworm Eggs and Chawki Worm Rearing
16. Understanding the different stages of rearing

Week - VII

17. Understanding pests and diseases of silkworm
18. Studying the Post Cocoon Technology

Week - VIII

19. Listing the By-Product Utilisation and Rearing of Non mulberry silk worms
20. Exploring sustainability of rural economy using sericulture

Books and references

1. An Introduction to Sericulture by Ganga.

2. Sericulture Manual by R K Patnaik.

3. Silk Culture by S K Ananthanarayanan.

4. Problems and Prospects of Sericulture by M.L. Narasaiah.

5. Sericulture 2003 by Harryraj.

6. Hand book of Silkworm Rearing by Tazim Fuji

7. Shoot Feeding and Sericultural Trends by Sathe, T V & S H Thite 

Instructor bio

Dr.M.Swamiappan, Former Professor of Entomology, taught Sericulture Technology Course for UG B.Sc., Agriculture and PG in Agricultural Entomology Program. He has handled both theory and Practical classes on Mulberry Cultivation , Silk worm rearing, reeling technology. He has developed  a module for Sericulture Technology with sequence of Slide shows.

Course certificate

30% for in course Assessment & 70% of end term Proctored Exam

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