After reading our article about the Kooperatibang Pangkabuhayan ng Sta. Maria, Bulacan, Sandy Silencio decided to give up his job in a newspaper to devote his time to hog raising. He started taking care of 26 weanlings for fattening under the hog dispersal scheme of the cooperative.
Under the scheme, the co-op provides the piglets, the feeds and technical assistance. On his part, he provides the housing and takes care of the daily operation. When it is time to sell the pigs at 80 kilos or more, the co-op will buy the pigs at current market price. The total cost of feeds, piglets and medicines provided by the co-op will be deducted from the gross sales. After deducting the expenses, the remainder is shared between him and the co-op. Sandy will get 60 percent while the co-op will keep 40 percent.
In 15 days from now (June 17, 2015), the pigs will be ready for sale. He estimates that his share of the profit will be about P1,800 per head. He will leave the 3% of his share with the co-op as his investment. He plans to reinvest his profit in a new hog house so he will be able to raise more fatteners.
Sandy has installed a solar panel in his piggery so that the pigs are lighted at night so they can keep eating. Aside from the feeds provided by the co-op, he makes his own silage of napier and water hyacinth which his pigs relish. Many of his neighbors are getting interested in his system of raising his pigs. His hog house does not have cemented floor. Instead, a one-meter deep mixture of rice hull and carbonized rice hull is used. His piggery does not have the usual foul smell of piggeries because he sprays it with his own concoction of indigenous microorganisms.
Sandy can be reached at 0910-493-6690 or 0923-441-2215.