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”