The project was started in 1999 with the support of Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) to help improve the living conditions of the people of Negros Island. Known for big plantations of sugar cane, the source of livelihood of the people of Negros was severely affected by the slump of sugar price in 1980`s.
With its altitude of 700-800 meter above sea level, Negros is suitable for growing mulberry trees whose leaves are fed to silkworms. Under the project, sericulture extension centers were established in the municipalities of Bago, Mabinay, Canlaon and San Carlos on Negros Island. These extension centers are managed by the extension workers who have received one year intensive sericulture training in Japan. The extension workers guide the sericulture farmers to acquire the necessary skills, knowledge and techniques in silkworm culture.
The Negros Sericulture Project proved to be a successful income generating project since it has created jobs and provided extra income among the local farmers. The silk produced under the project supplies the 90% of the total silk production in the Philippines.