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Silkworms Rearing Company Launched In Kisozi

The Minister of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries, Vincent Bamulangaki Ssempijja has launched Iran Agro-industrial Group in Kisozi-Gomba District.
The company which was established by an Iranian Investor, Seyed Muhammed is dealing in silkworm rearing which he {Seyed} says will fetch the country billions of money within few years to come.
The Minister was accompanied by officials from the Entomology department of the Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry Fisheries, and he launched the company in presence of the Ambassador of the Islamic Republic of Iran to Uganda, Seyed morteza.

Minister Ssempijja and other officials inside the factory


What are silkworms?

These are commercially bred caterpillars of the domesticated silk moth ( Bombyx mori ), which spins a silk cocoon that is processed to yield silk fibre to make fabrics.
Some of the uses of silkworms are;
1. Manufacturers use silkworms’ cocoons to produce silk. A silkworm’s cocoon consists of a single thread of silk that stretches to a length of 1,000 to 3,000 feet when unraveled. A pound of raw silk requires the use of 2,000 to 3,000 cocoons and the world’s silk manufacturers produce approximately 70 million pounds of raw silk each year.
2. Scientists use silkworms in the study of pheromones, hormones, brain structure and physiology. They also use them in studies on genetics and genetic engineering. Some of these studies aim to produce silkworms that can feed on substances other than mulberry leaves. Other studies seek to engineer silkworms that produce proteins other than those found in silk. These proteins would be intended for use in various human medicines.
3. Members of some cultures eat the silkworm pupae. Koreans create a snack food out of the pupae by boiling them in water and then seasoning them. This creates a food called beondegi.
4. Chinese use the dried bodies of silkworms to produce a medicine intended to relieve flatulence and bodily spasms as well as dissolve phlegm.

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