According to CSRTI Director Dr. Ravindra Singh Teotia, the paper manufactured using mulberry bark can last for 1500 years.
June 25, 2019
The Central Sericulture Research and Training Institute (CSRTI) team is working on a technology to produce paper out of mulberry bark. As reported in TNIE, a team of scientists led by Shivakumar Hukkeri is working on developing this unique technology.
CSRTI Director Dr. Ravindra Singh Teotia stated that the research and development (R&D) work is in its final stage, and CSRTI will be applying for patent from National Research Development Corporation, New Delhi.
In response to the query on plans to sell the technology to vendors, Dr. Ravindra Singh Teotia said that CSRTI is keen on patenting the technology.
It is also for the first time the institute has embarked on producing paper using bark and is one among the several initiatives planned by CSRTI to recycle sericulture waste. The twigs are also being recycled into compost as a part of the extended initiative as about 30 tonnes of waste are generated per one hectare of land (2.5 acres) in sericulture. If the same waste is recycled and promoted in a big way, it will also generate additional income to farmers.
The thrust is on recycling sericulture waste like mulberry stem, bark, reeling waste and cocoon pupae. The pupae can be used as fish and animal feed and also for humans. It also contains anti-microbial properties and can be used for medical purposes.