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May 17, 2018

Myanmar hills embrace silkworms over poppies

Myanmar hills embrace silkworms over poppies

With the price of opium falling, Myanmar farmers are turning to other crops like silkworms to turn a quicker profit.

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An ethnic Palaung woman collects silkworm cocoons in Wanpaolong village in Lashio District, northern Shan State, Myanmar, April 22, 2018. STRINGER/REUTERS

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Shan women react after being paid for selling silkworm cocoons from their first harvest of the year, in Wanpaolong village in Lashio District, northern Shan State, Myanmar, April 23, 2018. STRINGER/REUTERS

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Silkworm cocoons dry at one of the base camps of DH Silco Enterprise, a Chinese company, in Lashio, northern Shan State, Myanmar, April 22, 2018. STRINGER/REUTERS

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Ethnic Palaung men wait by a truck after loading it with silkworm cocoons in Wanpaolong village in Lashio District, northern Shan State, Myanmar, April 23, 2018. STRINGER/REUTERS

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Food lies on a table at a base camp of DH Silco Enterprise, a Chinese company, in Tangyan township in Lashio District, northern Shan State, Myanmar, April 22, 2018. STRINGER/REUTERS

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A notebook containing the list of farmers that need to receive next round of silkworms from Chinese workers from DH Silco Enterprise, a Chinese company, is seen in Tangyan township in Lashio District, northern Shan State, Myanmar, April 22, 2018. STRINGER/REUTERS

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Farmers receive payment for their first harvest of the year of silkworm cocoons at a base camp of DH Silco Enterprise, a Chinese company, in Tangyan township in Lashio District, northern Shan State, Myanmar, April 23, 2018. STRINGER/REUTERS

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A translators for Chinese workers waits for lunch at a base camp of DH Silco Enterprise, a Chinese company, in Tangyan township in Lashio District, northern Shan State, Myanmar, April 22, 2018. STRINGER/REUTERS

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Ethnic Palaung workers collect mulberry leaves to feed silkworms in Wanpaolong village in Lashio District, northern Shan State, Myanmar, April 24, 2018. STRINGER/REUTERS

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Aung Myo Tho, 35, an ethnic Palaung woman, takes care of her baby after a day of work at a mulberry and silkworm farm in Wanpaolong village in Lashio District, northern Shan State, Myanmar, April 23, 2018. STRINGER/REUTERS

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Silkworms are being fed with mulberry leaves in Wanpaolong village in Lashio District, northern Shan State, Myanmar, April 24, 2018. STRINGER/REUTERS

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Zhou Xing Ci, 42, walks across a small bridge outside his house surrounded by his mulberry farm in Tangyan township, Lashio District, northern Shan State, Myanmar, April 22, 2018. STRINGER/REUTERS

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Aung Myo Tho (R), 35, an ethnic Palaung woman and children stand outside their houses near mulberry and silkworm farm in Wanpaolong village in Lashio District, northern Shan State, Myanmar, April 23, 2018. STRINGER/REUTERS

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Ethnic Palaung workers collect mulberry leaves to feed silkworms in Wanpaolong village in Lashio District, northern Shan State, Myanmar, April 24, 2018. STRINGER/REUTERS

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Min Min Tun (C), 36, an ethnic Palaung woman, waits with her children as freshly harvested silkworm cocoons are being weighed to be sold to DH Silco Enterprise, a Chinese company, in Wanpaolong village in Lashio District, northern Shan State, Myanmar, April 23, 2018. STRINGER/REUTERS

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Ethnic Palaung workers walk to work at a mulberry farm in Wanpaolong village in Lashio District, northern Shan State, Myanmar, April 24, 2018. STRINGER/REUTERS

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Aung Myo Tho, 35, an ethnic Palaung woman stands in the only shower for the village after picking mulberry leaves to feed silkworms in Wanpaolong village in Lashio District, northern Shan State, Myanmar, April 23, 2018. STRINGER/REUTERS

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Children stand outside their houses near mulberry and silkworm farm in Wanpaolong village in Lashio District, northern Shan State, Myanmar, April 23, 2018. STRINGER/REUTERS

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Chinese workers and their translators from DH Silco Enterprise, a Chinese company, cheer each other for the first harvest of the year of silkworm cocoons at their base camp in Tangyan township in Lashio District, northern Shan State, Myanmar, April 21, 2018. STRINGER/REUTERS

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A dried poppy is seen in a field next to a mulberry farm in Tangyan township in Lashio District, northern Shan State, Myanmar, April 22, 2018. STRINGER/REUTERS

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A farmer arrives at a base camp of DH Silco Enterprise, a Chinese company, to collect a new round of silkworms in Tangyan township in Lashio District, northern Shan State, Myanmar, April 22, 2018. STRINGER/REUTERS

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An ethnic Palaung woman holds silkworm cocoons in Wanpaolong village in Lashio District, northern Shan State, Myanmar, April 22, 2018. STRINGER/REUTERS

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A worker (R) from DH Silco Enterprise, a Chinese company, delivers a new round of silkworms to farmers in Wanpaolong village in Lashio District, northern Shan State, Myanmar, April 21, 2018. STRINGER/REUTERS

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Saw Kyi Ti Mu, 37, an ethnic Palaung woman, collects mulberry leaves to feed silkworms in Wanpaolong village in Lashio District, northern Shan State, Myanmar, April 24, 2018. STRINGER/REUTERS

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A group of ethnic Palaung workers clean off trays for baby silkworms at a mulberry farm in Wanpaolong village in Lashio District, northern Shan State, Myanmar, April 24, 2018. STRINGER/REUTERS

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An ethnic Palaung woman mills rice after picking leaves to feed silkworms in Wanpaolong village in Lashio District, northern Shan State, Myanmar, April 24, 2018. STRINGER/REUTERS

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A base camp house for a Chinese company DH Silco Enterprise workers is seen at a mulberry farm in Tangyan township in Lashio District, northern Shan State, Myanmar, April 23, 2018. STRINGER/REUTERS

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Ethnic Palaung women and their children collect silkworm cocoons in Wanpaolong village in Lashio District, northern Shan State, Myanmar, April 22, 2018. STRINGER/REUTERS

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Silkworm cocoons are seen ready for harvest after two weeks of growing, in Wanpaolong village in Lashio District, northern Shan State, Myanmar, April 21, 2018. STRINGER/REUTERS

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