Following a visit of ambassadors from the region to local silk farms, Asean nations are mulling over the possibility of turning a very successful sericulture programme in the Kingdom into a regional initiative with the participation of universities across Southeast Asia.
The Royal Academy of Cambodia and the South China Agricultural University will soon begin a collaboration to conduct research in the industry and train farmers.
The Royal University of Phnom Penh yesterday announced it has successfully bred healthy, high-quality silkworms that are being distributed to weaving communities across the country.
A Thai institution is providing technical assistance to a new silk research centre.
Facing vigorous competition from imports, a shortage of skilled labour and a lack of quality silkworms and mulberry trees, the local sericulture industry continues to struggle.
Japan agrees to provide $384,817 in financial assistance to local organisations for projects in Phnom Penh and other places.