Countryside development is the focus of SRDI’s Extension Program. It establishes cooperatives, sericulture centers, pilot sites, and medium-scale filature units to showcase the viability of sericulture in the Philippines. It also extends technical services to sericulture communities, development agents, and farmers through consultations, trainings, other support services as marketing.
The Institute’s training programs are carried through its formal and non-formal educational programs. This is to empower its people to become intellectually, technically and morally fit in facing changes/advances in technologies the world faces today thus becoming more globally competitive. The programs caters various clienteles such as sericulture farmers, students, entrepreneurs and other individuals whose interest is to push sericulture as a tool for economic recovery in the country sides.
The Institute formal training programs are carried out in coordination with the degree and graduate program of the North La Union Campus which are as follows:
MS in Sericulture
Competent faculty and staff of the university and the Institute undertake the program. The course covers all aspects of sericulture from mulberry production to silk weaving. It deals mostly on advances in sericulture practices/disciplines such as plant anatomy/morphology, mulberry and silkworm breeding, production and postproduction management as well as sericulture organization and farm management. It requires 30 units of course work/practical and thesis.