Journal of Pharmacognosy and Phytochemistry
Vol. 9, Issue 3 (2020)
Hybridization of improved technology with indigenous technical knowledge (ITK) for improvement of Muga cocoon yield
D Mech and Vijay N
Muga culture has immense potentiality for socio-economic upliftment with sustainable
income generation amid rural folk in North East India. Muga silkworm is reared on Som (Persea bombycina)
and Soalu (Litsea polyantha
) plants for production of muga cocoons. In order to ensure crop production, traditional farmers used diverse indigenous technical knowledge (ITK) in the farming process of muga culture. The plant Litsea salicifolia
is locally named as Dighloti in Assam and known as secondary host plants of muga silkworm. ‘Early stage muga silkworm rearing at Dighloti’ is one of the important ITK used by the traditional farmers for silkworm diseases management. With the aim of validate the efficiency of the ITK, five consecutive crops of muga silkworm were conducted using the ITK hybridized with the existing improved technology packages. The study revealed that extent of incidence of muga silkworm disease was 6.4 percent in ITK hybridized improved technology against 14.4 percent in existing improved technology package. Thus, average yield of 70 cocoon per dfl and ERR 62.2 percent was significantly higher in ITK hybridized improved technology as compared to the yield of 56 cocoons per dfl and ERR 51.7 percent in improved technology package.
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D Mech and Vijay N. Hybridization of improved technology with indigenous technical knowledge (ITK) for improvement of Muga cocoon yield. J Pharmacogn Phytochem 2020;9(3):1645-1648.