Vermicompost Worms in Malaysia
I'm just starting out with my own vermicompost project. I love using recyclable materials and this feels like a natural next step for me. I didn't spend a single cent preparing the bin and the bedding etc as the garage is a treasure trove for my project. Reading from experienced people out there helped a lot.
I thought finding the right worms would be as easy as preparing their 'home'. Oh I was sooooo wrong! I went to the nearby fishing equipment shop to get some worms they use for bait. I couldn't recognize the species as they're probably juveniles and they look just like most of the species of vermicompost worms on the internet. They're doing okay I guess, since I just bought them and it's still too early to tell.
Then I got overambitious and started to search the net for local vermicompost worm farms. I thought maybe if I bought worms from them, at least I could recognize the species. I would know their specific requirements etc.
It seems that there are 3 groups of websites which sell those worms:
1. the big companies - they only sell large quantities, like 10 kgs of worms at RM 300 per kg and above, since the worms are imported ie African Nightcrawlers and Red Wigglers (adopting thousands of worms are probably like adopting 101 Dalmations... only less spotty)
2. family owned companies - very popular back in 2008. Went out of business soon after. I really don't know why.
3. National Agricultural Dept & Research Institutes - they don't sell the worms to the public. They used to though.
I've read a post somewhere that the Malaysian govt is limiting the import of those worms from overseas. I don't know whether there's an ecological or health issue.
I do agree to certain extent that we should use the local breed since they're well adapted to our climate. But even finding local breeds is next to impossible. Is it because the local worms don't do well in captivity? Slow reproduction rate?
So PLEASE, please, please.... anyone out there. If you have a recognizable (or even a thriving unknown species) vermicompost worms to sell/adopt, I'd very much appreciate it.
For now, I'll look after the ones I have. I will try to update on their progress. Thank you so much for reading. Feedbacks are appreciated.