A major programme
of beekeeping and sericulture has been launched by
the International Centre of
Insect Physiology and
Ecology (ICIPE) in Kenya.
The project, it hopes, will
alleviate rural poverty
through small-scale incomegenerating enterprises. They
will market honey, silk and
wax to cosmetic and pharmaceutical industries. For
the first time in 20 years,
Kenya has been able "to
adapt" exotic silkworms to
African conditions, says
Hans Herren, director general Of ICIPE.
The situation changed since ICIPE's scientists began research to find a match for the mulberry trees silkworms feed on and to combat the viral and bacterial diseases attacking the worm larvae.
Funding Problems were resolved with ICIPE receiving us $1.3 million aid from the UN International Fund for Agricultural Development.
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