Sericulture at DMMMSU started as a research project of the Department of Plant Science of the North La Union campus. It served as a training ground for students to learn the art and science of growing silkworms. In early 1981’s, DMMMSU was a recipient of the National Sericulture R and D Program of the Philippines spearheaded by PCARRD. That time, the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) provided funds for the construction of reeling machines that transforms the cocoons to silk yarns. The success of the project led to its institutionalization thus the creation of the Sericulture Research and Development Center in 1987.  Five years later, the Sericulture Research and Development Institute (SRDI) was created on April 8, 1992 through Republic Act No. 7359 as the national center for sericulture in the country.