Home / Knowledge / News / Textiles / Utexrwa targets mulberry tree cultivation on 1000 ha
Utexrwa targets mulberry tree cultivation on 1000 ha
May '10
In a bid to perk up sericulture in the country, Utexrwa, the only textile company in Rwanda has decided to cultivate mulberry trees on 1,000 hectares (ha) of land within the next twelve months.

Currently, the cultivation of these trees is being carried out on only 300 ha across three districts of Kigali. Increasing mulberry cultivation is a measure to grow silk production, said Utexrwa Managing Director, Raj Rajendran, considering the fact that this is fodder for silkworm, which it eats to produce silk fibre.

Currently, the company is imparting training on skills of rearing and cultivating mulberry trees to co-operatives in the country, he added.

Although, the company requires 480 kg of silk fibre per day, since two years, the country has been able to produce only two tons of cocoons. With mulberry cultivation on 1,000 ha, the company would be able to produce 150 tons of silk yarn per year.

The calculation is such that, 1,000 ha of mulberry trees will yield 750 tons of cocoons, which will give 150 tons of yarn per year on an average, informed Rajendran.

Almost 100 youth from nine silk co-operatives across Kigali will be trained in collaboration with Rwanda Horticulture Development Authority (RHODA). In addition to this, Utexrwa is also setting up handloom cooperatives in the country to process cocoons.

Fibre2Fashion News Desk - India

Must ReadView All

Textiles | On 24th Jul 2017

Govt extends deadline for GST composition scheme to Aug 16

The Government on India has extended the deadline for small...

L-R: Dhanapal, JMD, Best Corporation; Prabhu Damodaran, Convenor, ITF; Narayanasamy, MD, Micro Cotspin; Senthilnathan, MD Rasitex India; and Sabapathy, MD, Prasanna Spinning Mills

Textiles | On 24th Jul 2017

TN mills seek partnership with cotton growing states

Spinning mills in Tamil Nadu are seeking stronger partnership with...

Textiles | On 24th Jul 2017

Irani terms GST as a ‘great step towards transparency’

Union textiles minister Smriti Irani has termed the Goods and...

Interviews View All

Siddharth Biyani
Mangalam Industries Pvt Ltd

‘The manufacturing sector is improving day-by-day, becoming better in...

Indian textile value chain

'One nation, one tax' is a great concept

Shawn Honeycutt
Bolger & O'Hearn

‘The Indian market is interesting and rather persistent in seeking new...

Marten Alkhagen
Swerea IVF AB

Marten Alkhagen, Senior Scientist - Nonwoven and Technical Textiles of...

Kevin Nelson

Kevin Nelson, Chief Scientific Officer, TissueGen discusses the growing...

Eric Scholler

The Indian market has huge potential in technical textiles, and by far,...

Nisha Chanda
Whistling Woods International School of Fashion

<div>A lack of upgraded courses in costume designing and fashion as per...

Karan Arora
Karan Arora

Bridal couture created with rich Indian heritage, exquisite craftsmanship...

Madhu Jain
Madhu Jain

She grew up in the walled city of Old Delhi, completed her studies, and...

Press Release

Press Release

Letter to Editor

Letter to Editor

RSS Feed

RSS Feed

Submit your press release on


Letter To Editor

(Max. 8000 char.)

Search Companies


July 2017

Subscribe today and get the latest update on Textiles, Fashion, Apparel and so on.

news category

Related Categories:

Planning to Take the Leap towards

Do you see sustainability as a route to business growth?

Yes No

Do you think the sustainability space has the needed tools and resources available for a business to lead change?

Yes No

Do you think adopting a sustainable approach will be a profitable move for your business?

Yes No

Do you want the world to know about your sustainability journey and your business’ environmental footprint?

Yes No

Thanks for your valuable feedback. Claim your free latest sustainability e-book.

E-News Insight
Subscribe Today and Get the
Latest News Update in Your Mail Box.
Advanced Search