TARAKA HERE WE COME! Hello, Egg Machines!

This is the Egg Machine which consists of 48 layers in a cage provided by Pilmico.

Taraka in Lanao del Sur is a town we have never been to before. It is only now that we have heard of it. And we are excited because we have been invited to go there on March 21, 2020. We will see once more the distribution of the so-called Egg Machine by Pilmico, an Aboitiz firm which produces poultry feeds among many other things. In 2016, we wrote about the egg machine.

Why are we going to Taraka? Because the Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) is inviting a group that includes media people like us to witness a big event under the auspices of MinDA headed by former Agricuture Sec. Manny Piñol.

Our itinerary reveals that Pilmico will be turning over, among other things, 4,300 ready-to-lay pullets to  the municipality. We are assumng that that’s for the Egg Machines. What’s an egg machine?  Do we mean a machine that lays the golden egg? No, it is actually a cage of 48 ready-to-lay pullets that Pilmico is distributing to farmers as a means of helping them to achieve additional income. The package includes a cage and a month-long supply of feeds.

The recipients of course are trained before hand to take care of the birds by technicians of Pilmico. In a few days the birds should start laying eggs and the recipient could keep some of the eggs for home consumption and sell the rest. If 70% of the layers lay eggs each day the beneficiary will be able to sell most of the eggs and save the money for future use.

The beneficiary could save the money to buy the necessary feeds after the month-long supply is consumed. The hens will lay eggs daily for at least a year and if the raiser is prudent, he or she can save enough money to pay for the chicks or ready-to-lay pullets for the next growing cycle. And if everything goes fine, the raiser can really expand his poultry project using his savings from the initial stock That’s actually the idea of Pilmico to help underprivileged farmers become entrepreneurial and economically independent.

The idea of helping farmers engage in backyard farming that is sustainable was started by Pilmico in mid-2014. At the time we wrote about the Egg Machines in June 2016, they had distributed 252 units.  By now it could be in the thousands.

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