Showcasing a profitability package for sericulture in the Philippine setting: The case of the Baroro sericulture demonstration farm

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Showcasing a profitability package for sericulture in the Philippine setting: The case of the Baroro sericulture demonstration farm

Pura S. Obille, Gerardo P. Dacayanan, Teodoro G. Diso
J. Bio. Env. Sci.24( 4), 62-70, April 2024.
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Abstract

Both domestically and internationally, the silk market has enormous potential. There is a current need to expedite the development and popularization of sericulture through the establishment of demonstration farms in several key areas due to the rising demand of silk fabrics. With a total area of one hectare and a population of around 11,605 mulberries, the DMMMSU-SRDI Sericulture Demonstration Farm is situated in Barangay Baroro at the municipality of Bacnotan, La Union. The project featured a comprehensive production system and profitability package for growing mulberry saplings, raising silkworms to produce cocoons, integrating animals to crops, and composting sericulture wastes in addition to demonstrating the recommended sericulture technologies. Moreover, the demonstration farm was used as location for field trips, educational outings, research on land use management, as well as field testing and trials. Mulberry leaves were also supplied to sericulture site receiving SRDI support. Produced mulberry saplings were either supplied to recently opened areas or used for planting and replanting on sericulture sites. The Baroro farm’s sericulture profitability package from 2011 to 2019 revealed a production of 730.9 kgs of fresh cocoons with a revenue of Php 255,797.00 and a total of 11,500 mulberry saplings produced amounted to Php28,750.00.  An income of Php 21,100 was generated from animal-crop integration; 408 bundles of mulberry fuelwood derived an income Php12,600.00; and a total of 106 sacks of silkworm composts generated a revenue of Php10,600.00. When the recommended sericulture technologies are widely adopted and the farm is used effectively and efficiently for better output, the cumulative profits show that sericulture is a sustainable livelihood for rural people.

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