Climate change affects Muga

Climate change is effecting Muga production with flood and vagaries of weather. Sands and sediments carried by flood waters covered Som (Persea bombycina) and Soalo bushes up to three to four feet. Muga worm feeds on leaves of these trees. After the desertification and being affected by stagnant flood water Som and Soalo trees die within few months. This has been happening for years and most of Muga rearing areas are now almost free of this cultivation. At least 1500 farmers of Dhemaji districts have lost average 100 som trees due to such desertification and stagnant water. Recently almost five thousand families of the state have abandoned silk cultivation as the food is not available for silkworm, mostly Muga rearing. – See more at:


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