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New technique boosts silk production
Apr '11
The new technique that the scientists have adopted, has delivered positive results, as a rise has been noted in the number of eggs that the silkworms lay and has resulted in a rise in silk production in Uttarakhand.

The scientists at the centre begun to feed the silkworms with better quality feed, which helps the silkworms to lay healthier eggs.

The fertility rate has gone up from 80-120 to 240-260. The silkworms are provided with better quality feed, which causes them to gain more weight, due to which when the pupa transforms, it is of a bigger size, which eventually results in a big sized moth.

Due to the bigger size of moth, the number of eggs that silkworms lay has also gone up.

Alongside good feed, the silkworms were even provided better living conditions.

In lines with the increased weight of cocoon from six to 13 grams, there has also been a rise in the quantity of the silk thread from each silkworm cocoon.

Tens of thousands of farmers in the state have been induced to take up sericulture as an alternative business.

Fibre2fashion News Desk - India

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