Practical work toward the realization of the plan to develop silk plantations in the small towns in the Ukraine will be started soon, according to a decision of the Ukrainian Land Department to purchase nine million tree plantations for silkworms during this year and to build a central station at Umman, near Kiev.
Four thousand roubles were assigned to provide courses of instruction to be given by thirty-five instructors. Silk spinning during the next ten years would employ 13,000 workers, it is estimated. Silk to the value of 34 million roubles could be produced annually, it was stated.
During 1929 it is planned to organize 300 silk farms, which would be increased to 15,000 in the coming five years. The silk farms would be principally in Western Ukraine, where the Jewish population is compact.
Free tree plantations and silk worm larva will be supplied to all desirous of undertaking the work. It will be four years before the plantations will be able to feed the silkworms.
The practical work will be started in the villages in the districts of Kameniez, Mohilev, Tulchin, Poltava, Romany, Priluki, and Tcherkass, where the climate is most suitable.
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