Determinants of Mulberry Silk Cocoon Quality

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India is the second largest producer of mulberry raw silk. However, the productivity and quality of the silk produced in the country is not up to the level of China, the largest producer of silk in the world. As cocoon quality contributes to the tune of about 80% of the raw silk quality, good quality cocoon is essential for the production of quality silk. The quality of silk cocoons depends on many characteristics and each of these measures different aspects of quality of cocoons. The study revealed that among different variables, defective cocoon percentage, renditta and raw silk recovery had high degree of association with raw silk grade.

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Determinants of Mulberry Silk Cocoon Quality

Introduction

India is the second largest producer of mulberry raw silk with the annual production of 16.81 thousand tons during 2006-07. However, over 94% of the silk produced in the country is of multivoltine variety, which is less in productivity and quality compared to that of bivoltine silk, which is produced in sericulturally advanced countries such as Japan and China. Though attempts have been made ever since 1981 through different sericulture development projects to increase the production of quality bivoltine silk, bivoltine silk production has not caught up significantly. The major reasons identified for the pr...

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