A MULTI-PURPOSE cooperative in Bulacan has launched early this year (Jan. 2016} 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.
PROPONENT FROM BULACAN – 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.
TESTED IN OTHER PLACES – 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.
SALES – 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 value per head would be P11,000. Normally, the cost of production is about P8,500 including the cost of the weanlings, feeds and medicines.
SHARING – The production expenses of about P8,500 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.
FIRST BATCH – 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.
SUPERIOR GENETICS & FEEDS – 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.
BATHED 3 TIMES A DAY – 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.
MORE PEOPLE WANT TO JOIN – 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.