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International mag publishes RP vermiculture review

March 19, 2010


January 8, 2010, 2:01pm

A mini-review on “Earthworm Culture for Vermicompost and Vermimeal Production and for Vermiceutical Application in the Philippines (1978-2008) has been published in the Dynamic Soil, Dynamic Plant journal of Global Science Books in 2009.

Authored by Dr. Rafael D. Guerrero III, former executive director of the PCAMRD-DOST, the review covers the published and unpublished studies on vermiculture (farming of earthworms) in the Philippines for the production of vermicompost for food crops, vermimeal for fish and poultry feeds, and vermiceuticals for human health.

Vermiculture is now applied nationwide by thousands of small farmers and commercial producers for the production of vermicompost using biodegradable solid wastes as raw materials. Vermicomposting is a simple and low-cost technology that has significantly reduced the use of costly and environmentally unfriendly chemical fertilizers. Initial findings have also shown that vermicompost can be used as supplemental feed for fish and chickens.

Dr. Guerrero is considered the pioneer of vermiculture science and technology not only in the Philippines but also in Southeast Asia. He is presently connected with Aquatic Biosystems, a consulting and marketing firm, and the National Academy of Science and Technology. Requests for email copies of his review can be made through

Meanwhile, Dr. Guerrero was also elected secretary of the Philippine Fisheries Association during the annual meeting of the association held at the Alad Resort in Naguilian, La Union. The other officers are Dr. Romeo Fortes, president; Melchor Tayamen, vice president; Cesario Pagdilao, treasurer; and Charlene Ang, auditor.

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