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The Cabinet today apprised of an initial pact inked between the Central Silk Board and the Japan-based National Institute of Agrobiological Sciences (NIAS) for research in the field of silkworm and silk industries. The memorandum of understanding (MoU), signed in November last year, is for initiating a collaborative research for developing "prolific bivoltine hybrids" of silkworm suitable for the Indian conditions. "It would help in developing prolific hybrid silkworms, which would improve the manufacturing capacity and the quality standards of the Indian sericulture industry and thereby enhance exports of silk and silk products," an official statement said. The move would help domestic textiles and the apparel industry to produce world class silk and its products, it said. "The improvement of quality and productivity would ultimately increase export of silk products," it added.
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