Sericulture is an agro based cottage industry best suited to big, small and marginal farmers. In sericulture activities all the house hold family members including Women/Child and aged people can participate. By practicing sericulture activities in two acres one small farmer can get a net income of Rs.1,50,000/- to 2,00,000/- per annum for nearly 5 crops in a year

Sericulture was introduced in the Prakasam District during the year 1980 and now existing in the mandals of Tallur, Addanki, Ballikurava, Santhamgulur, Veligandla, Pamur, Kanigiri, Podili, K.K.Mitta, Marripudi,, Markapur, Tarlupadu, Dornala, Y.palem, Thripuranthakam, B.peta, Racherla, Komarolu, Ardhaveedu, Cumbum and Giddalur. Red sandy soils are best suitable to take up sericulture.

In Prakasam District the development of sericulture activities was monitored by two Assistant Directors.

  1. Assistant Director of Sericulture, Ongole :-District administrative office located in Prakasam bhavan and lookafter activities of Ongole and Kandukur divisions.
  2. Assistant Director of Sericulture, Markapur :-Look after Markapur division.

At present nearly 2424 acres with mulberry cultivation covered by 1196 farmers in the District.

Departmental setup in the district

Technical Service Centers

There are (4) Technical Service Centers are established in Chimakurthy, Tallur, Giddalur and Dornala to develop sericulture activity and provide technical guidance, financial assistance to the sericulturists both on farm and non-farm activities .

Model Mulberry Farm, Giddalur

Model Mulberry Farm at Giddalur was established in extent of 10.00 Acres with an aim to produce and supply high yielding variety mulberry V1 saplings and also supply chawkie worms to the farmers

In addition to this one private Chawkie Rearing Centre by name Jyothi Chawkie Rearing Centre, located at Cumbum to supply chawkie worms to the farmers.


2 No’s silk reeling units are established under private sector at B.Peta to produce silk yarn by purchasing the cocoons from the farmers.


In addition to the departmental schemes like CDP,RKVY,CSS,SDS etc Financial assistance is giving to the mulberry plantation for 3 years and also for constructions of Type-I and Type-II rearing sheds through MGNREGS.

The details of assistance from NREGS is as follows.

Name of the component RD share Dept share Beneficiary share Total
Type-I shed 6.121 3.00 1.568 10.689
Type-II shed 5.259 2.00 0.722 7.98
Plantation1st year 0.35 0.105 0.045 0.50
2nd year 0.33 nil 0.006 0.3368

No budget received from the departmental schemes for the year 2019-20 till to date