Tiddim takes steps to farm silkworms

A two-day course on sericulture, which includes training on cultivation of mulberry, rearing silkworms, and production of silk, began yesterday at the office of the General Administration Department in Tiddim Town. The course is being conducted under the supervision of Chin State’s Directorate of Industrial Supervision and Inspection.

The course has been organized with the support of Mr. Anton Stortelder from PUM Netherlands Senior Experts and local civil society organizations. A total of 50 people have signed up for the course, which includes practical work and sharing sessions.

The Deputy Director of Chin State’s Directorate of Industrial Supervision and Inspection, an official from the Agriculture Department, and a township administrator delivered speeches at a ceremony held to mark the start of the course.

During a tour of development projects in Chin State in May 2018, Vice President U Henry Van Thio visited the Tonzang silkworm farm, where farm officials demonstrated the planting of Morus or mulberry plants and explained silkworm breeding.

The Vice President had pointed out that planting mulberry plants could help increase the income of local families and help replace the slash-and-burn farming system. He urged the farm owners to systematically upgrade the farm.

“Demand for silk is growing in the international market and support from the respective departments is required to gain a firm share in the market. Further research needs to be conducted to produce other highly valued products in addition to silk threads,” the Vice President had said.

Myanmar has mulberry plantations in Kachin, Kayah, Chin and Shan states, and Mandalay Region, covering an area of 6,437.98 acres. In 2017-2018, there were 231 silkworm egg cards in silkworm plant research farms, while silkworm farms produced 11,868 pounds of cocoons, according to news released by the President’s Office.


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