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The Future of Vermiculture in the Philippines

Making Money out of a very minimal investment seems to be the most common thing that most people would wanted to go through and discover.  While there are so many so-called money making strategists who are lurking online (offering too good to be true return of investment for a particular business), the idea of vermiculture or perhaps vermi-composting is nowhere to be found in their “vocabulary”.

 

Vermiculture is an ancient form of creating a medium to produce organic fertilizers and fish bait by way of farming or growing a group of worm to digest organic matter. Making use of worm / earthworm to make organic fertilizer is what we call as vermicomposting.

 

In the Philippines, only a handful of farmers who are taking serious consideration about both the  economic and agricultural importance of worm farming. Perhaps this is due to the fact that vermiculture is in a way a strange thing for Filipinos.

 

Lack of proper information dissemination, difficult access to demo-farm, very few sources and expensive price of seed worm and lack of technical know how in worm farming are among the leading causes why vermiculture in the Philippines is way difficult to flourish.

 

In Northern Mindanao alone, the  price of African Nightcrawlers (a typical earthworm for vermicomposting) is between Php400-Php500 per kilo. It is estimated that a kilo of earthworm is no less than 1000 pieces that has a capacity to eat at least 1/2 kilo of organic stuff per day. This price of worm as seed earthworm is obviously off for a would-be worm farmer.

 

Be that as it may, it is ironic to think that although we have the prevailing price of earthworm and its castings, the availability of worm itself is even more difficult to find. Interesting isn’t it?

 

Filipinos of today are very particular when it comes to agricultural products especially in vegetables and other high value crops. Like our Western idols, we are now also advocating organically grown crops and very willing to spend more just to have an organically reared food on our table.

 

The advent of so many diseases that requires intrusive medical treatment has brought us Filipinos to redirect our attention to the food that we eat. If before cancer is considered to be the ailment of the rich, -now it is free for all.

 

The above condition has strengthened my conviction that worm farming or vermiculture will soon become the “power source” of organic farming in the Philippines. This ancient method of using worm for agricultural purposes is now viral worldwide. Hence, it is not surprising that the demand of earthworms for vermiculture and its derivatives will soon be the talk of every Filipino.

 

It is therefore inevitable that sooner, earthworms and their castings will dominate the country’s agricultural stores along with the introduction of hybrid plant seeds.

 

When this time comes, the war between synthetic fertilizer’s manufacturers and worm farmers will be like that of World War II.

 

So what is then the future of Vermiculture in the Philippines?

-> Worm Farming will soon be the great income source for every Filipino.

-> Worm Farming and earthworm derivatives will soon become an in-demand fertilizer in the Philippine Market.

->Vermiculture will become an ideal and feasible project for Filipinos that requires minimal investment and low risk.

->Vermiculture along with vermicomposting are the best tools in mitigating the garbage problem in our country.

->Lastly, vermiculture will soon become the Filipinos new “Cash Machine

 

 

 

 

 

 

15 Comments
  1. Also we can call the “Cash Machine” as our ATM machine so we can have more lot of investment with this vermiculture…

  2. I have seen the very able venture into Vermiculture at the MOSCAT college in Claveria in Northern Mindanao! It is amazing how they are progressing in this field.. Check them out…contact, DR. Elmundo at the college there.. I would imagine other areas in Mindanao are gearing up for this very worthy field of endeavor…at least, I hope so!! Thank you for alerting so many to vermiculture!

    Sincerely, daniel (CDOC)

    • Yes, You’re definitely right Sir.. In fact one of our Vermi-Compost Facilities is situated also in Claveria Misamis Oriental. It is a 3-kilometer ride from MOSCAT. It is a former Piggery that is now converted to Vermi-Compost Facility..

      We are also in the process of Contacting the MOSCAT President Mr. Sally Quirino via Dr. Elmundo so that we can at least buy a kilo of their worms to compare to ours in terms of Feed conversion ratio and not to mention the transfer and sharing of technology.

  3. I have built six 8 feet by 4 feet worm bins and have only enough worms for one. They are multiplying but I will get at least two kilos more to speed things up if I can find them. Does anyone know where I can buy them in Davao?

    • try to visit your nearest Dept. of Agriculture office in Davao and address this inquiry to them.. But if you have time, to visit Cagayan de Oro City, our network vermi-farmers can provide you your vermi needs.. They can provide you African Night Crawlers..

  4. I am from Lupon, Davao Oriental and currently engaging vermiculture. For those who wants to buy vermiworms or vermicast, you can contact me at 09498676676.

    we have some available vermiworms and vermicast to sell.

    Thank you

  5. I’m from Cagayan de Oro City and I am really interested in vermi composting also. Where in CDO can I buy ANC/ vermi worms? how much? I only need about 2 kilos to start with. Pls txt me at 0917-3272071 or 0928-2001000. thanks!

  6. Please contact this mobile phone number 09213227247 and look for Ben Barros. He is stationed in CDO City and Mis. Or. He knows where to buy African Night Crawlers or ANC

  7. Hi! Im from Imus, Cavite and I would also like to start vermicomposting for our plants. Anyone who knows of a supplier near our location?.. Please inform me at my mobile no. 09267048118. Thanks a lot!

  8. Try to visit your nearest Dept. Agriculture Office in your area and inquire from them.. God Bless

  9. Hi Sir Ben Barros,

    I am currently here in CDO and i am interested in vermicomposting. Where can i possibly buy the earthworms and how much?

    • Hi Rita,

      If I may, How many kilos of African Night Crawlers do we need?

      Please contact us via 0921-322-7247

      Thank You

  10. Hi Sir Ben Barros, I am Adrian from Oroquieta City,I am interested in vermicomposting,where can I buy the earthworms? I need at least 10 kilos as a start up.Please advise.Thank you.

  11. we can provide you the needed worms at 550 pesos per kilo including shipment charges.. Please send your payment to BENILDO D. BARROS DV-Soria Cagayan de Oro City via Mlhuiler, western union, or lbc cash padala. Then kindly text to us the kptn code once payment has been made through this mobile phone number 09213227247.. For Pick-up transaction, you can have the ANC at Php450 per Kilo in Cagayan de Oro City.. Thank You

    • Hi Sir Ben,
      Thank you for the info.I will coordinate with you once I am ready.Thank you.

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