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Researchers provide guidance for silkworm farmers in E China's Anhui

Huang Dehui (2nd R), a researcher from Anhui Academy of Agricultural Sciences, provides advice to silkworm farmers at a cooperative in Liantang Village of Lianyun Township, Yuexi County, east China's Anhui Province, Sept. 4, 2022. (Xinhua/Du Yu)

YUEXI, Sept. 5 (Xinhua)-- The cultivation of mulberry trees and breeding of silkworms industry is one of the major pillar industries in Yuexi County, east China's Anhui Province. Mulberry trees cover an area of 80,000 mu (about 5,333 hectares) with 16,700 households breeding silkworms in the county. In 2021, silkworm farmers earned 262 million yuan (about 37.79 million U.S. dollars) from selling cocoons.

Since 2022, Anhui Academy of Agricultural Sciences has established a research team to provide technical support to local farmers and enterprises. The team has served 10 demonstration villages, covering more than 2,000 farmers to help promote the development of local sericulture industry.

Li Ruixue (R), a doctor from Anhui Academy of Agricultural Sciences, provides advice to silkworm farmers at a mulberry tree garden in Liantang Village of Lianyun Township, Yuexi County, east China's Anhui Province, Sept. 4, 2022. (Xinhua/Du Yu)

Farmers feed silkworms with mulberry leaves at a cooperative in Liantang Village of Lianyun Township, Yuexi County, east China's Anhui Province, Sept. 4, 2022. (Xinhua/Du Yu)

Workers make silk quilts at a workshop of a silk company in Yuexi County, east China's Anhui Province, Sept. 4, 2022. (Xinhua/Du Yu)

Zhang Yan (R), an assistant researcher from Anhui Academy of Agricultural Sciences, instructs silkworm farmers to select cocoons at a cooperative in Liantang Village of Lianyun Township, Yuexi County, east China's Anhui Province, Sept. 4, 2022. (Xinhua/Du Yu)