Vietnam’s mulberry silk industry has faced challenges on its path toward sustainable development, according to a recent national conference on silkworm breeding held in Da Lat City.
Although Vietnam ranks 5th in the world in terms of silk productivity, following China, India, Uzbekistan, and Thailand, it has to import thousands of tonnes of silk from China and Brazil. 90% of bivoltine silkworm breeds are imported from China.
According to Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Phung Duc Tien, Vietnam has problems in state management, international cooperation, chain connectivity, processing technologies, and phytosanitary.
"Vietnam’s law and national strategy on animal husbandry attach great importance to developing silkworm. The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development will devise a comprehensive program on developing the mulberry silk industry in both short and long term. We’ll focus on scientific and technological solutions to create the desired silkworm breeds, just like we did with species of mulberry tree before," said Mr. Tien.