Farmers intend to plant 500,000 mulberry seedlings in Dashoguz velayat in the northern Turkmenistan this year. The figure is several times higher than last year.
First tens of thousands of mulberry seedlings were already planted on March 21. Additional land plots were allocated for future mulberry plantations in all parts of the region.
The main reason behind growing mulberry trees is to increase production of silkworm cocoons in the country. Turkmenistan intends to produce 500 tons of cocoons this year, which is 15 tons more than last year.
Silk farming is one of the promising areas of the agricultural sector in Dashoguz velayat, where mulberry fields occupy 1,950 hectares of land.
The largest suppliers of silkworms in the velayat are Gorogly, Gurbansoltan Eje and S.A. Niyazov etraps.
Silk production in Turkmenistan begins with the cultivation of mulberry trees. After the trees grow, the Türkmenýüpek Closed Joint Stock Company of the Ministry of Agriculture and Environmental Protection of Turkmenistan distributes silkworm seeds to farmers.