Hog Dispersal In Jala-jala, Rizal

Hog Dispersal In Jala-jala, Rizal
Hog Dispersal In Jala-jala, Rizal
Rina Sanchez and her fast-growing pigs. She bathes them three times a day to keep them cool during these hot days.

A multi-purpose cooperative in Bulacan has launched early this year its pig dispersal project in Jala-jala, Rizal in a bid to provide a new source of income for families who cannot put up their own pig projects due to limited resources.

The proponent is the Kooperatibang Pangkabuhayan ng Sta. Maria, Bulacan which is affiliated with Agrichexers, a major feed milling company in Sta. Maria, Bulacan headed by Gil SP Garcia.

Hog Dispersal In Jala-jala, Rizal
Gil SP Garcia (left) meet with Soliman Villanueva together with beneficiaries of the pig dispersal Villanueva is the Livelihood Development Program Coordinator in Jala-jala.

The scheme has been implemented for a number of years now in Bataan, Pampanga, Zambales, Cavite, Batangas and elsewhere. Under the scheme, the cooperating farmer provides the simple housing for the pigs plus his labor. On the part of the co-op, it provides the weanlings, the feeds from start to finish, medicines and vitamins and the technical assistance to make sure the farmers are guided properly in taking care of the fatteners.

Hog Dispersal In Jala-jala, Rizal
Merly Raymundo is another happy hog raiser under the dispersal program.

When the fatteners are ready for sale at 100 kilos after a feeding period of 160 days, the animals are sold in the presence of both the co-op representative and the farmer. Say, the buying price is P110 per kilo liveweight, the total cost per head would be P11,000. Normally, the cost of production is about P85,000 including the cost of the weanlings, feeds and medicines.

Hog Dispersal In Jala-jala, Rizal
Ambrosio Balakit grows his pigs in a pen with rice hull as flooring.

The production expenses of about P85,000 is deducted from the total sales, giving a profit P2,500 per head. Sixty percent or P1,500 goes to the raiser while the co-op gets P1,000. If the raiser takes care of 5 fatteners, he would make P7,500. But if he takes care of 10 head, he would double his income. And as time goes by, the farmer could take care of as many as 20 head or more.

The first batch of beneficiaries got a minimum of three to five weanlings each. That was on March 9, 2016. When we visited the project on April 30, the pigs were estimated to weigh 50 to 60 kilos. They really grew fast. The bodies of the animals are long and well formed.

The reason, according to Gil Garcia, is that the animals come from superior parents with proven performance. The other reason is that the pigs are given the best rations from Agrichexers. And then the raisers are taking care of their animals with tender loving care. Rina Sanchez who takes care of four fatteners says she bathes her pigs three times a day to keep them clean and cool. Water is no problem because the water table is very high since they are very near Laguna Lake. The same is true with Merly Raymundo who is also taking care of four pigs.

People who have observed the very fast growth of the pigs grown by the first recipients are also clamoring to participate in the pig dispersal project. But they have to undergo special orientation. Engr. Soliman Villanueva, a former OFW in Bahrain for 17 years is now in charge of checking the eligibility of the applicants. He is the townโ€™s livelihood development coordinator.

The participant should really have the commitment and interest in growing pigs under the scheme. They have to b e very honest. Since feeds are provided to them by the co-op, one of the requirements is that the participant should not be taking care of other pigs. This is to avoid diverting some of the feeds to the other animals of the beneficiary.

The beneficiary should not sell the animals by himself. It has to be under the presence of the co-op representative and the farmer. Once the farmer breaks the rule, he is automatically eliminated from the roster of beneficiaries.

The project has just started and by all indications, the program will continue to grow because of the good showing of the first recipients.

APPLY – If you are interested to be a grower of Kooperatibang Pangkabuhayan ng Sta. Maria, fill up the form below and you will be contacted by Agrichexers. As a prospective grower, you should have genuine interest in the project, and you have suitable growing space. If you are not experienced in raising pigs, Agrichexers experts will coach you. The co-op is based in Bulacan but growers can be from other provinces. There are now growers from Bataan, Pampanga, Nueva Ecija, Tarlac, Lipa City and other places.

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