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DOST- KSU bolster ties for sericulture industry in CAR  

CITY OF TABUK, Kalinga (PIA) - - The Department of Science and Technology- Cordillera Administrative Region (DOST-CAR) and the Kalinga State University (KSU) further their  collaboration  to bolster the sericulture industry in the region, this time through research and development.

Last  November 11,  DOST CAR and KSU  entered into an agreement for the implementation of a  research and development (R&D) project entitled “Strengthening the Sericulture Industry in the Cordilleras: Determining the Difference in the Silk Yarn and Nutrient Content of Pupa from Frozen and Dried Cocoons.”
 
The  project aims to strengthen the R&D capacity of the DOST-KSU Silk Innovation Center to further explore initiatives on how to produce quality silk in a more cost-efficient way since this will focus on the determination of economic characteristics of raw silk from frozen and oven-dried cocoons.
 
Part of the project  is the  provision of appropriate equipment, relevant trainings, and laboratory analyses  specifically focused on the determination of nutritional content of the pupa from both the frozen and dried cocoons.
 
To ensure a sustainable supply of quality silk and promote sericulture and silk processing in the Cordillera, the DOST-CAR, KSU and DOST- Philippine Textile Research Institute launched on April 29, 2022 the Silk Innovation Center at the KSU- Rizal Campus.

The DOST-CAR also provided a solar-powered water system through its Local Grants- in-Aid program to  support the 10-hectare mulberry plantation of KSU  for the rearing of the silkworms for cocoon production. Mulberry leaves are the  primary food source of silkworms.

As  weaving is one of the major economic activities in Kalinga, interventions to  strengthen  the sericulture industry  to ensure a sustainable supply of quality silk will  greatly help  local weavers  who will have  additional raw materials, and will  no longer be importing silk from other countries.

In a related development, DOST-CAR through the Provincial Science and Technology Office-Kalinga conducted over the week-end a forum on R&D-related programs, projects and activities at the Golden Berries Hotel this city.
 
Attended by yKalinga MSMEs and associations, the activity aims to promote the DOST undertakings on R&D and to harness issues on the ground that they are facing relative to their operations which can be solved through research, in collaboration with  higher educational institutions in the province.

As S&T partners, representatives from the Department of Trade and Industry- Kalinga, and City Cooperative and Enterprise Development Office also attended the said event. (JDP/PAB-PIA CAR, Kalinga)
 

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