An Incentive Scheme (Agri Tip No. 28)

Many years back, we remember interviewing Dr. Daniel S. Bolong of Paraoir, Luna, La Union. Up to now, he has a diversified farm raising poultry, swine and various crops. We remember an incentive scheme he implemented to help his poultry caretakers earn extra money.  You might want to copy or modify it for your own farm project.

In 1986 he thought of helping his workers earn more money by doing an extra job – taking care of a calf until it is big and fat enough for slaughter in a year or less. The animal is tethered right on the farm where the employee works, using improved grasses and legumes as feed. These forage crops abound in all the farm projects that are a few kilometers apart.


The worker does not spend anything. He just sees to it that the animal is fed and properly managed. When the animal is turned over to the worker, a value is indicated based on the current price obtaining in the market. When the animal is finally sold, the original value is deducted from the selling price and what is left is divided equally between Dr. Bolong and the caretaker.


During the first two years of the incentive scheme, the workers made about P3,500 to P4,000 per animal. This is no small amount for an ordinary farm worker in the province. That is like giving him an extra income of P300 a month. If he takes care of two head at a time, that would even give him a much better side income.



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