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Seminar held in Havana to discuss ways to expand silk production

YarnsandFibers News Bureau 2017-08-17 11:00:00 – Havana

The seminar sponsored by the Center for Foreign Economic Cooperation (CCEE) of the Ministry of Agriculture of China where leaders from China and Cuba’s silk industry gathered in Havana on Friday to discuss ways to expand silk production in the Caribbean country and offered guidance on improving the production and industrialization of silk in Cuba. It also plans to explore a new area of bilateral growth.

The day included conferences, visits to production sites and workshops where participants learned new techniques in silk development.

Li Bin, representative of the CCEE said that this is not only a training project, but also contributes to China-Cuba cooperation. They hope this course can become a platform where they can share information, attract business investment and increase exchanges.

The Ministry of Agriculture of Cuba has a five-year sericulture, or silk farming program, and seeks to expand not only its knowledge of the sector but also attract Chinese investment.

Cuba is adopting sericulture as a sustainable alternative to support the development of its biomedical, biotechnological, cosmetic and textile industries, expecting it to increase incomes and jobs.

According to Wei Kai, a professor from the Soochow University located in Suzhou City, eastern China, their courses here cover the whole process, from cultivating silkworms to producing silk, to silk cocoon processing, dying, weaving and even include the medical use of silk fiber.

Wei and three other Chinese experts on the subject will provide training to more than 20 Cuban officials.

China has been cooperating with Cuba for five years now and there is a small sericulture experimental field in operation. Their courses here are intended to introduce all relevant technology and products in the sericulture downstream industrial chain to Cuban researchers.

Luo Zhanyong, chairman of Guangdong SILDA Silk Co, said that they hope to take the technological and industrial system of silk production beyond China. Cuba's silk sector has just started and they hope to have a development opportunity in Cuba via this industry. This exchange will allow China and Cuba to expand cooperation in silk sector.

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