In an effort to develop silk industry and boost export base, Rwanda targets to produce 10 tons of cocoons by the end of 2015.

Rwanda The aim is to produce enough to meet the production capacity of silk processing factory at home and abroad.
Rwanda sericulture sector that started in 2002 is still fragile but provides greater opportunities for export revenues with available markets in Asia.

According to the Rwanda ministry of agriculture and animal resources, SEDAM International, a Korean firm, has signed a purchasing contract with the government of Rwanda to purchase all silkworm dried cocoons produced from farmers for further processing into raw silk yarn.

“We call upon all stakeholders involved to play their role towards the best performance of the silk industry growth,’ Innocent Musabyimana, permanent secretary in the ministry of agriculture and animal Resources said Sunday.

The sector that was recently shifted to national agricultural export development board is expected to further increase its production to 100 tons per year to feed the expected factory that would be set up in the country.
The government in 2007 boosted the silk industry by availing the green mulberry leaves to feed the silkworm, something that helped the worms to produce more cocoons.

In 2010, the national sericulture centre was born with the mandate to coordinate silk development activities from primary production, basic processing (cocoons to silk yarn), and marketing of silk products.

The small central African country has imported eggs from Bulgaria and Korea, and through nourishing the silkworm with mulberry leaves, they (silkworms) are able to release some cocoons.

Already, 37 farmers from 17 silk development cooperatives have gone through training by Indian experts on cooperative management, leadership and technical skills in silkworm cocoons production.

Rwanda exports this year are projected to grow in value terms by 6 percent rising from 723.1 million U.S dollars last year to 764.4 million U.S dollars in 2015.

Rwanda’s economy has maintained average growth of 8 per cent in the past 10 years save for last year’s slowdown attributed to delays and suspension in disbursement of donor aid in 2012.

According to the second Economic Development and Poverty Reduction Strategy, the post-Genocide country projects an annual economic growth rate of 11.5 per cent by 2018 which will help propel the country into a middle income economy with the GPD per capita of 1,240 U.S dollars. Enditem

Source: Xinhua


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