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Japan offers funds for sericulture project in Philippines

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Jan '20
Pic: Embassy of Japan in the Philippines
Pic: Embassy of Japan in the Philippines
Japanese ambassador to the Philippines Koji Haneda recently signed a grant contract for a sericulture project at the Embassy of Japan with Yukihiro Ishibashi, resident representative of the Organisation for Industrial, Spiritual and Cultural Advancement International (OISCA), a Japanese non-governmental organisation (NGO) with operations in the Philippines.

Filipinos commonly rely on imports from other countries for some of its raw silk materials, including those used for traditional costumes such as the Barong Tagalog.

The Philippine government aims to produce all silk threads used by Filipino enterprises within the country, making the nationwide deployment of support for sericulture together with OISCA an essential project to achieve this goal, according to a press release from the Japanese embassy.

In this project, seven provinces—Benguet, Nueva Vizcaya, Aklan, Iloilo, Antique, Misamis Oriental, and Negros Occidental—will witness leadership development seminars for spreading sericulture operations, short-term training for sericulture farmers and mulberry field maintenance.

This aims to develop model sericulture farmers whose additional expertise in the future will certainly increase the production of cocoon and high quality raw silk.

A total amount of $473,329 is funded for this venture through the Grant Assistance for Japanese NGO Projects, a small-grant funding program of Japan’s Official Development Assistance (ODA).

Fibre2Fashion News Desk (DS)


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