Myanmar conveys $430,000 worth of silkworm cocoon to China via Lweje in two months

Myanmar delivered 86 tonnes of silkworm cocoons worth US$430,000 carried by 19 trucks to China through the Lweje border trade camp between 1 August and 27 September of the current financial year.
In August, 36 tonnes of silkworm cocoons worth $180,000 were sent to China. Those silkworm cocoons produced in the Nawnghkio area are sent to a silk rearing factory in China.
The private companies export approximately 300 tonnes of silkworm cocoons to China every year, said an official of the Sericulture Centre in PyinOoLwin.
Mulberry is perennial and the related department also provides sericulture courses so that the growers know-how to properly rear the silkworms and produce silk. The export of silkworm cocoons aims to enhance the private sector, increase income of the silkworm farmers and generate foreign income. There are five state-owned mulberry farms in the region including Sericulture Centre, silk reeling factory and silkworm cocoon research farm and the three other sericulture farms.
“The mulberry is mostly cultivated in the May-June period. Beyond silkworm production, mulberry cultivation can also produce nutritious mulberry tea leaves, wine and jam as it can bring health benefits. Furthermore, cosmetics such as soaps and shampoos are also manufactured from rearing houses. Different growing methods are utilized in the farms,” she added. There are more than 5,600 acres of mulberry across the country, with yearly production of 750,000 rearing houses. ​The silkworm cocoon is sent to the domestic silk reeling factories and silk is on sale under a bidding system. Myanmar companies convey dried silkworm cocoons to China.—GNLM

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