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Sericulture presents employment opportunities
May '11
Expansion and development of sericulture while using the existing natural resources, opens wider scope for employment generation and poverty alleviation of people in rural areas.

Sericulture, as a labour intensive and agro-based industry, has a potential to employ large number of people depending on agriculture.

Moreover, raw silk and silk cocoons have been recognized as cash crops in Bangladesh, just like cereals and agricultural crops.

According to an expert, sizeable number of mulberry plants with high productivity, silk-cocoon races and sericulture and reeling techniques were innovated in view of growth and nationwide expansion of the silk industry.

He said that, the country's socio-economic as well as the topographical conditions are quite suitable for sericulture, but still there are many reasons due to which it cannot be developed as an industry.

However, growers-level exchange of views and transfer of highly-productive mulberry trees and silk- cocoons and other important technologies which have been innovated in laboratory researches till now should be emphasized, he added.

Besides, importance should be attached to appropriate use of the plant varieties and high-tech techniques at the farmer's level, which is vital for achieving the exquisite goals in the field.

Higher production of silk yarn domestically can even prove helpful in rejuvenation of the conventional silk industry.

As stated by another expert, the magnificent silk industry is passing through an awkward situation due to unwarrantedly high price of foreign silk yarn and an unusually sharp fall in its domestic production.

However, he claimed that, the domestic demand for silk yarn could be easily met with domestic production.

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