Agroforestry In The Silk Sector
Part of: GS Prelims and GS – III – Agriculture; Economy
- It is about a convergence model for the implementation of Agroforestry in the silk sector under the Sub-Mission on Agroforestry (SMAF) Scheme.
- Objective: Augmentation of sericulture host plants (Mulberry, Asan, Arjuna, Som, Soalu, Kesseru, BadaKesseru, Phanat) to be cultivated both as block plantations and border plantations on farmlands.
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The Central Silk Board (CSB)
- It is a Statutory Body.
- Established: 1948
- Ministry: Ministry of Textiles
- Headquarter: Bengaluru
Sub-Mission on Agroforestry (SMAF) Scheme
- Implemented by: The Department of Agriculture, Cooperation and Farmers Welfare (DAC & FW) since 2016-17
- This scheme is a part of the recommendation of the National Agroforestry Policy 2014.
- India is the first country to have such a comprehensive policy
- It was launched at the World Agroforestry Congress held in Delhi in February 2014.
- At present, the scheme is being implemented in 20 States and 2 UTs.
- Aim: To encourage farmers to plant multi-purpose trees together with the agriculture crops for climate resilience and an additional source of income to the farmers.