Sericulture in Zimbabwe
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CTA. 1994. Sericulture in Zimbabwe. Spore 53. CTA, Wageningen, The Netherlands.
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Each month from October to April, three boxes of silkworm eggs arrive at the Herbert Chitepo Training Centre in Zimbabwe from India. Two years ago IT launched a pilot project in Zimbabwe which is now progressing well. On previously infertile land a...
Each month from October to April, three boxes of silkworm eggs arrive at the Herbert Chitepo Training Centre in Zimbabwe from India. Two years ago IT launched a pilot project in Zimbabwe which is now progressing well. On previously infertile land a hardy species of mulberry which will grow in arid conditions, is being grown on slopes where the soil is too poor or barren to produce any other crop. At one project site, mulberrv bushes are flourishing on land formerly used for maize which failed in the drought of 1992. The benefits of sericulture are threefold: the trees provide good soil erosion control; the silk production is ideally suited to small-scale production and sericulture is also labour intensive thereby providing employment opportunities for many poor rural people. Existing IT silk production projects in India have been extremely successful significantly improving the living standards of the rural people involved. In Zimbabwe market research has shown that there is a real demand for silk and projects there should enjoy the same success as those already well-established in India. Martin Hardingham TechnologyAdvisor, Textiles Intermediate Technology Myson House Railway Terrace Rugby CV21 3HT UK
SubjectsANIMAL PRODUCTION AND HEALTH;
- CTA Spore (English)