They Give Free Evening Light to 50 Neighbors


CHRIS and Maymay Javelosa, owners of the UJ Swine Farm in Sagay, Negros Occidental, are well loved by their neighbors, some 50 families of them.

That’s because their pig farm with about 1,800 head does not have the usual smell of traditional pig farms. The reason is that the manure goes to a big biogas digester that generates electricity not only for their farm’s use but also for their neighbors.

The electricity generated is used by the pig farm in running its hammer mill, in milling corn, mixing feeds, for brooding the piglets and for lighting. There is also an excess electricity that is enough to provide free lighting to the 50 neighboring households albeit only from 7 to 9 in the evening.

Aside from growing pigs, Chris and Maymay are also planting sugarcane on 30 hectares. Some of the 30 hectares are rented land.

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