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DTI Antique hosts webinar on moriculture, sericulture

SAN JOSE, Antique (PIA) -- The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Antique hosted a webinar on moriculture and sericulture, May 17, at ANSTEC Building, here.

The webinar was designed to introduce to local farmers additional options in diversifying their agricultural produce, such as moriculture or the process of cultivating mulberry plants which can later on generate the necessary feed for silkworms in order to sustain sericulture or silk farming.

While it is easy to grow mulberry, DTI Supervising Trade-Industry Development Specialist Lynna Joy Cardinal said that moriculture techniques must be mastered if sericulture is aimed at in the future.

DTI Antique Provincial Director Ma. Dinda Tamayo also emphasized that silk production can only be attained when there are enough mulberry leaves for silkworms to consume, thus the need to strengthen and systematize moriculture.

Tamayo expressed optimism with silk production as another prospect in terms of agri-business expansion and investment among business owners and farmers in the province.

Tamayo also said that there is an international market for silk through the

Organization for Industrial, Spiritual, and Cultural Advancement or OISCA which expressed willingness to share their technology in silk production, starting first with strategies in growing mulberry plants.

OISCA is an international non-government organization (NGO) headquartered in Tokyo, Japan that seeks to impact world citizens via experiential programs and cascades of knowledge and skills while emphasizing the close relationship between agriculture, ecological integrity and the human spirit.

It has 20 training centers, 31 chapters and several collaboration projects in 41 countries including the Philippines where one of its agricultural training centers stands at Bago City, Negros Occidental.

OISCA Bago Training Center technicians Ranelo Alpire and Jenjie Balansag served as resource persons in the webinar for moriculture and sericulture, respectively.

Farmer and event participant Engr. Malou Gravador Mejares began growing an array of trees including mulberry in 2019 and said that her participation to the webinar was driven by interest and curiosity in the proper handling of such plant.

Meanwhile, Silk Society of Antique President Trinidad Eiman vowed to

strengthen their organization and urged all members to take part in all preparatory efforts if silk production is to be achieved in the coming years.

At least 50 participants from various farmers' associations, local government units, and Negosyo Centers attended the event which was made available both virtually and physically. (AAL/BPS/PIA Antique)

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