Commercialization of Sericulture Technologies and Innovations

Project Background

Commercialization of Sericulture Technologies and Innovations in Uganda project was part of the innovation projects which were supported by Innovation Fund in the FY2017/2018 in accordance with guidelines from H.E The President of the Republic of Uganda to support scientists to commercialize their innovations. Since its inception, this project is partly supported by the Government of Uganda through The Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovations (MoSTI) and supervised by The Uganda National Council for Science and Technology (UNCST).

What is Sericulture

Sericulture: is the art and science of rearing of silkworms for the production of raw silk and its end product is silk. Silk is a natural protein fiber, some forms of which can be woven into textiles. Sericulture is an eco-friendly agro-based labor intensive and commercially attractive economic activity, falling under cottage and small-scale sector. Sericulture enterprise in its totality is a long chain industry from mulberry cultivation to fabric making. Sericulture is the only cash crop, which provides frequent and attractive returns throughout the year

Achievements of Commercialization of Sericulture Technologies and Innovations

A total of 2,000 acres for the Sericulture project have been acquired so far. New land has also been acquired in Kayunga-400 acres, Nwoya-170 acres, Bukedeya-50 acres and Kween-100 acres. Target acreage is 50,000 acres.

Installation of the first set of the next generation equipment for post cocoon technologies and innovations along side capacity building of Ugandans to operate these processing lines is almost complete in Sheema and Kween.

Silkworm rearing has been initiated and a total of more than 7000 kgs has been harvested since last year.

A total of 2,000 acres has been acquired in 26 districts and over 39 stations established 2 of these in Kween and Sheema respectively have post cocoon processing factories, All the 39 stations have the capacity to rear silkworms and produce cocoons

Project vision

Increase industrialization and export Development through sustainable adoption of Sericulture technologies and innovations in Uganda.

Project mission

To achieve excellence in utilization of Next Generation Research Outputs (NGRO’s) to transform Uganda’s sericulture industry from subsistence to sustainable commercial production.

Project aim and goal  

The project aims at promoting the development of Silk Industry to create gainful employment and improved levels of income in Sericulture through utilization of Next Generation Sericulture Technologies, Innovations and Management Practices (NGSTIMPs). This project also aims at increasing domestic production of Silk and its by-products, thus raising rural incomes for small-holder producers and ensuring the supply of affordable silk products to Ugandan consumers and export markets.

Project objectives

  • To sustainably transfer new technologies that will contribute to increased economic growth by 5% for improved household incomes, job creation / employment in Uganda within five
  • To commercialize sericulture technologies and innovations in Ugandans
  • Popularization of Sericulture activities to enhance the income of rural areas especially,
  • To advise the Government of Uganda on all matters relating to the development of silk industry including utilization and export of raw silk

Project outcomes and activities

Expected outcomes
  • Increased transfer and adoption of new technologies into commercial
  • Increased acreage of under mulberry from 200 acres to 50,000
  • Increased production of silk yarn from 0 kgs to 2,200 metric tonnes
  • Enhanced integration of science and technology into the National Development
  • Sericulture Research and Technology Transfer Centers
  • Sericulture Research and Technology Transfer Centers equipped with state-of-the-art
  • Farmers and extension workers trained with production
 Project activities   
  • Conduct research for commercialization of Sericulture Technologies and
  • Establish demonstrations for uptake of Sericulture Technologies and
  • Baseline assessment of the current Sericulture eco-system (institutions, farmers and infrastructure) in the zone.
  • Create awareness on Sericulture Technologies and Innovations among the rural communities of establishment and commercialization of silk worm egg production facilities and training of silk farmers and extension staff
  • Bivoltine Sericulture in the Conduct research on evaluating Sericulture germ-plasm resources for mulberry and silkworm breeding and diseases free egg
  • Monitoring, Evaluation, Learning and sharing
  • Information and
  • Environment and social safeguard

Commercialization of Sericulture Technologies and Innovations Project Break Down

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