Silk products on decline in Jawzjan: Traders
SHIBERGHAN (Pajhwok): The sale of silk products is on downward trend in northwestern Jawzjan province as silk foreign products has occupied the market.
Silk is used in making carpets, turban, handkerchief, fabric, jackets, handbags and other products that are sold at high prices.
Growing of silkworm is part of tradition among some families in Jawzjan province as most of the people like the products of silk.
However, officials of Jawzjan agriculture and livestock department said that growing process of silkworm was weak this year and farmers had suffered financial losses.
Abdul Ahmad, an official of the department, told Pajhwok Afghan News that growing silkworm have been ongoing from 40 years in Jawzjan province but promoting the worm this year was slow down.
Last year, he said farmers received 1,300 packages of silkworm seeds that each package contained 12 gram of seeds that produced 15 tons of silk.
But this year, only 750 packages had been distributed to farmers which produced nine tons of silk, he added, saying there was more packages available in the agriculture department but farmers most of them women were not interested in growing silkworms because there was no good market.
He said poor protection of silkworm was another cause of silk products to lose market. There is no proper place with farmers to protect silkworms, Ahmad added.
However, Zikrullah one of the silk products traders, said main cause of weak market of silk products was huge imports of similar products on cheap prices from foreign countries.
One of the silkworm growers Igam Birdi said the silkworm should be promoted in a proper environment, far from other insects.
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