Commercialization of Sericulture Technologies and Innovations

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 it’s 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 fibre, some forms of which can be woven into textiles. The protein fibre of silk is composed mainly of fibroin and produced by certain insect larvae to form cocoons. Sericulture has become an important cottage industry in the world today creating employment for millions of rural and urban people.

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.

Sericulture Industry provides classified employment generationalpattern of the industry into two major types:

  a). Direct Employment;

    1. 1. Mulberry Cultivation,
    2. 2. Leaf Harvesting,
    3. 3. Silk Worm Rearing,
    4. 4. Reeling,
    5. Twisting,
    6. Weaving,
    7. Printing & Dyeing,
    8. Finishing,
    9. Silk Waste

  b). Indirect Employment;

    1. Traders,
    2. Rearing House Construction,