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Uganda to soon start exporting silk to Iran
Jan '12
Next month onwards, Uganda would begin exporting raw silk to Iran from the 1,000 hectare farm in Gomba district's Kisozi area, where more than 500,000 mulberry trees have been planted during the last 10 years, as silkworms feed on the leaves of these trees to produce silk.

Swayed by the fact that Uganda has favourable climate for silk production, Iran Agro Industrial Group invested around 27 billion shillings (US$ 9 million) to undertake silk production.

While it is possible to produce silk in Iran just once in a year, in Uganda it can be done seven times in a year.

The Group begun to invest in silk production in Uganda, since 1992, and the project is now expected to bear fruit with Uganda likely to produce at least 1,500 tons of silk for export to Iran.

Once the production starts, each year around 560 million shillings (US$ 200,000) worth of silk would be exported from Uganda to Iran. This would generate about 5,000 new employment opportunities in Uganda.

The Group has reserved some 14,000 hectares of land for silk production in Uganda, but presently it is using only 1,000 hectares of this. However, it looks forward to enhance its production this year.

The Group will now start considering establishing state-of-the-art factories to process the silkworm.

If the production touches its optimum capacity, Uganda would be amongst the biggest silk producing countries of the world.

Presently, China leads the list of world's largest silk producing countries. India, Thailand, South Korea and Iran are other major silk producing nations.

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