Silkworm breeders of Turkmenistan have successfully met their contractual obligations, having produced some 2, 040 tons of silk cocoons.
This year, farmers have overfulfilled their production plans, having produced as silk cocoons as proportioned: 155.7 tons – Akhal velayat; 25.3 tons – Balkan velayat; 489 tons – Dashoguz velayat; 961 tons – Lebap velayat; 407.2 tons – Mary velayat.
Today, the top quality of Turkmenistan-produced silk yarn has made it highly competitive in the global market. Sectoral enterprises, in particular Ashgabat Silk-reeling Factory, Turkmenabat Silk Production Association, and Rukhabat Panne Velvet Factory are tooled with the latest high-technology equipment. They boast new departments for the production of silk carpets, “keteni” (a traditional national fabric), and other silk products.
Much attention is being paid in our country to silkworm forage supplies. Thousands of young mulberry trees, whose green leaves are the traditional feed for the silkworm, are grown annually in specially-designated gardens and in some daikhan associations.
Planted around the perimeter of farmlands, mulberry trees protect cotton and other crops from scorching winds, and strengthen banks of irrigation canals and ensure the ecological well-being. This also enables to combine silk farming and cotton growing, and produce more products and make extra profits on the same land plot.