UGANDA TO COMMENCE SILK PRODUCTION SOON

Uganda is set to commence production of her own silk fabrics onset of silk reeling (post-cocoon processing) machines in the country.

Silk reeling machines have been received at two sericulture stations in Uganda, one set in Rubaare, Sheema District and another in Kween.

Offloading of the post-cocoon processing machines in Rubaare, Sheema District. Photo by Mercy Scarlet Kigai

These came in after thorough verification by Uganda Revenue Authority (URA) from Inland Container Depot (ICD), under the Uganda Regulatory Departments, to make sure they are of standard.

Some of the machines offloaded after verification. Photo by Mercy Scarlet Kigai

The post-cocoon processing machines are to start reeling silk as soon as assembling is done and this is anticipated to take about 2 months after arrival of engineers from China, since Uganda has no trained experts who can do the assembling yet.

A post-cocoon reeling machine. Photo by Mercy Scarlet Kigai

Uganda has continued to put in more vivid efforts into sericulture, with partnership from the Government and other partners spread all over the World, as silk has evidentially put many economies to a great level, so the Government finds silk to be the next economy booster for Uganda’s economy.

Hon. Dr. Elioda Tumwesigye, the former Minister for Science, Technology and Innovation (Yellow mask), Clet Wandui Masiga, PhD, the sericulture project Principal Investigator and Mr. Lee, one of the partners in silk business from China; addressing journalists during the silk reeling machines launch in Sheema. Photo by Mercy Scarlet Kigai

Sericulture simply put is the production of silk, and in Uganda the Commercialization of Sericulture Technologies and Innovations in Uganda Project is executed by the Tropical Institute of Development Innovations (TRIDI), whose Headquarters are situated in Kyabakadde, Mukono.

TRIDI anticipates that as soon as Mechanical Engineers set foot in Uganda, the silk Reeling machines will be assembled and Uganda will have her first blink on the fine fabrics.

Some of the equipment supposed to be assembled prior to silk reeling. Photo by Mercy Scarlet Kigai.

Silk is an expensive fabric worldwide, which gives outputs way much higher that other cash crops like coffee, cotton or tea.

Hon. Dr. Elioda Tumwesigye, while at the machines launch event mentioned that the silk is considered royalty for its pricy nature and quality fabric, which exposes no allergic reactions to its users.

Hon. Dr. Elioda Tumwesigye, the former Minister for Science, Technology and Innovation (Yellow mask), Clet Wandui Masiga, PhD, the sericulture project Principal Investigator and Mr. Lee, one of the partners in silk business from China; showing the viewers cocoons, that are processed into silk while at the silk reeling machines launch in Sheema. Photo by Mercy Scarlet Kigai

He added that silk and all its products have a high demand, therefore with the support from out-growers and all concerned bodies, Uganda has the capability to become a leading silk exporter in the world, just like China.

Hon. Dr. Elioda Tumwesigye speaks about silk in Uganda, while at the machines launch in Sheema.

With these machines in the country, many opportunities come handy, as Uganda is also set to start training her own Engineers to specialize in silk machine assembly and other workers to specialize in reeling.

Clet Wandui Masiga, PhD, the project Principal Investigator says that this project is targeted to employ hundreds of thousands, there by eradicating poverty by providing improved household incomes for the citizens, which is an objective contribution that the project is set to accomplish.

Clet Wandui Masiga, PhD, explains how the project will contribute to the livelihood of the citizens of the country.

The silk industry in Uganda can be set to a different level with enough funding of all the innovations that are coming with it.

Hon Elioda says that little has been put in in terms of funding as the budgets are inadequate, given the capacity that has to be built of this industry and all other innovations or research in the country.

Hon. Dr. Elioda speaks about funding that the government has input into the silk industry.

With the right moves and investments, silk can move Uganda to a better economic stand through sustainable transfer technologies that will contribute to increased economic growth by improved household incomes, as a result of creation employment opportunities for citizens.

Story by Mercy Scarlet Kigai, P.R.O TRIDI

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