The Khmer Silk Cen tre at the Royal University of Phnom Penh (RUPP) was inaugurated recently to boost research in Cambodia’s silk industry. It would stimulate development in the sector, reduce migration to urban areas and provide an opportunity for farmers to learn silk farming, harvesting and weaving, said education, Youth and Sport Minister Hang Chuon Naron. Cambodia used to have a strong tradition of planting mulberry trees, breeding silkworms and weaving loom, but wars had significantly reduced the entire production of Khmer silk, said RUPP representative Srey Chansophea.