Help Farmers Rear Silk Moths to Restore Forests

by Conservation through Poverty Alleviation, Int
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Help Farmers Rear Silk Moths to Restore Forests
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Help Farmers Rear Silk Moths to Restore Forests
Help Farmers Rear Silk Moths to Restore Forests
Help Farmers Rear Silk Moths to Restore Forests
Help Farmers Rear Silk Moths to Restore Forests
Help Farmers Rear Silk Moths to Restore Forests
Help Farmers Rear Silk Moths to Restore Forests
Help Farmers Rear Silk Moths to Restore Forests
Help Farmers Rear Silk Moths to Restore Forests
Help Farmers Rear Silk Moths to Restore Forests
Help Farmers Rear Silk Moths to Restore Forests
Help Farmers Rear Silk Moths to Restore Forests
Help Farmers Rear Silk Moths to Restore Forests
Help Farmers Rear Silk Moths to Restore Forests
Help Farmers Rear Silk Moths to Restore Forests
Help Farmers Rear Silk Moths to Restore Forests
Help Farmers Rear Silk Moths to Restore Forests
Help Farmers Rear Silk Moths to Restore Forests
Help Farmers Rear Silk Moths to Restore Forests
Help Farmers Rear Silk Moths to Restore Forests
Help Farmers Rear Silk Moths to Restore Forests
Help Farmers Rear Silk Moths to Restore Forests
Help Farmers Rear Silk Moths to Restore Forests
Help Farmers Rear Silk Moths to Restore Forests
Help Farmers Rear Silk Moths to Restore Forests
Help Farmers Rear Silk Moths to Restore Forests
Help Farmers Rear Silk Moths to Restore Forests
Help Farmers Rear Silk Moths to Restore Forests
Help Farmers Rear Silk Moths to Restore Forests
Help Farmers Rear Silk Moths to Restore Forests
Help Farmers Rear Silk Moths to Restore Forests

Project Report | May 31, 2023
Silk production by farmer groups

By Mamy Ratsimbazafy | Project leader

Uncle Rene and son Fidelys
Uncle Rene and son Fidelys

GLOBAL GIVING REPORT : Rearing silk moth to restore forest

(May 2023)

 

-        Acknowledgement:

 

On behalf of the Sepali Madagascar team members, I acknowledge all the donors how have contributed to support us during the last three months. Your support allows us to continue purchasing the raw materials such as wild silk cocoons as well as raw raffia from our farmers and then process those into marketable products that Sepali Madagascar sells online through our partner organization “Tanana silk” (tananasilk.org).

Producing the raw cocoons request several steps. Our farmers must plant the host plant trees and then taking care of the trees until they grow enough to feed ten larva for the first year of the rearing.

The tree plantation jobs may take two years for each farmer and they have to intercrop the host plant trees into their usual crop.

Sepali Madagascar provides training about the rearing technical methods to all the farmers and promises to buy all the raw silk that they produce from their planted trees.

Upon arriving in the Sepali workshop place, the raw materials are processed into a finish products through different processes.

Without a support like your donation, Sepali Madagascar is not able to keep our promise to support our farmers through purchasing their wild silk cocoons and raffia.

 

1-     The bombyx silk production:

Madagascar bombyx silk is among the raw silk cocoons that Sepali Madagascar promises to purchase from our communities.

Therefore, we have been working with 20 families to produce the cocoons since 2018 and they are able to sell averagely 100 kilograms of raw cocoon per year. This quantity may increase according to the Sepali Madagascar needs.

The bombyx farmer’s group is led by “uncle  RENE” - means dadanaivo Réné in Malagasy word-  ( see pictures) who has 67 years old. His son who has 40 years old is in charge of transporting all the cocoon from the community to the Sepali storage room.

Uncle Réné owns hundreds host plant trees and able to produce 30% of the cocoons that Sepali purchases every year.

a-     Group picture with uncle Réné and his son

 

2-     The Suraka cocoon production by the Ambodivoangy farmer group:

Suraka cocoon was the first cocoons that Sepali Madagascar introduced to our first community of Ambodivoangy in 2007. Since 2009, Sepali has established 13 farmers groups that produce Suraka cocoons.

Among the 13 groups of farmers, the Ambodivoangy group led by FENOZARA was the well organized group in terms of planting the host plant trees as well as producing cocoons.

The Ambodivoangy member farmers did a lot of collaboration-works with the Sepali Madagascar team during 16 years. The Ambodivoangy group is led by Fenozara, the oldest member-farmer who has almost 90 years old now. Having such old person among the Sepali team was very helpful because the Sepali Madagascar young staff got opportunities to learn new processes such as the story of the dye plant species that the ancient generations have used to dye different materials a longtime ago.

The Ambodivoangy group was among the helpful farmers who advised Sepali about the edible insect to farm when we worked on the insect for food program.

Now, FENOZARA who is still the group leader continue to enjoy the larvae farming despite his age, but he has nominated his grandson to substitute him because he will retire.

Sepali Madagascar addresses a special thanks to a wonderful grandfather for his kindly contribution to leverage our program.

b-     Picture of Fenozara and jaonary, Sepali award 2012 for cocoon production competition

c-      Picture of the Suraka cocoon

 

3-     The next step for the next three months:

The next step of the Sepali Madagascar’s collaboration with our farmers is to increase the dye plant farming at the Sepali demonstration site in order to master the technical farming methods before introducing the program in the communities.

During the period of research about the dye plant inventory  that Sepali Madagascar has done, we have noticed that almost all the dye plant species are native as well as endemic species to Madagascar so it might be a good species to include into the list of species for the reforest.

 

 

                                      

Fenozara and award for cocoon production
Fenozara and award for cocoon production
Antherina suraka cocoon
Antherina suraka cocoon

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