The Cash Crop
There is little time. If the silkworm farmer doesn't act quickly the moth will emerge and his crop will be ruined.
The cocoons go into sacks for the large concrete depot near the mulberry fields. There they are tipped into baskets,
of which there are many
spread into trays, and then stifled in the heat. There will be no moth (sometimes it doesn't pay to think).
The cocoons are safe now. They can be tipped out -
thousands, maybe millions of them - then weighed
and shoved into sacks again... ready for the mill.