Status of ericulture in Kamrup District, Assam: A case study of Bhanubhakta and Salbari areas under Boko Subdivision
Jayanta Deka and Monalisa B Deka
Ericulture, an agro-based customary activity plays an important role in generating income and livelihood sustainability for the rural mass in most of the people of Assam, India. It is ideal, as it requires low capital and labor intensive thus creates jobs and it is commercially attractive. This type of sericulture has shown significant promise, after mori culture, which has been the leading source of world silk. Ericulture has recently aroused interest among some silkworm farmers and is gradually gaining popularity due to its ease of rearing when compared to B. mori silkworm. This paper therefore focuses on the state of Ericulture by looking into the regions practicing this form of sericulture and the rearing practices in Kamrup district of Assam particularly Bhanubhakta and Salbari areas under Boko Subdivision.
KEYWORDS: Ericulture, agro-based, income generation, silk rearing.