Farmers Trained on Organic Swine Production04 February 2013
PHILIPPINES - Thirty-two farmers from different organisations in the municipality of Hingyon underwent training on organic swine management and fermented feeds preparation at the Bahawit Nursery and Training Center here provided by the Provincial Veterinary Office (PVET).
According to Ferdinand Dunuan of PVET, the training seminar was sponsored by board member Gerry Luglug who facilitated the funding of the swine-raising project of the farmers; he also made a ceremonial awarding of two piglets each to the farmer beneficiaries.
Luglug said the training is necessary to ensure that the livelihood project will be successful and truly help them increase their income through organic swine management by feeding the pigs with home-prepared fermented feeds instead of commercial feeds.
He added that the livestock project of the different people’s organization members was carefully identified as a means to augment the economic well-being of the farmers and as an alternative source of their livelihood.
PVET Senior Agriculturist Gilbert Caclini lectured and made actual demonstration on the procedure and the ingredients of making fermented feeds in their homes for organic swine production which he said is very much cheaper than commercial feeds.
He showed to the farmers the cost of the ingredients for 50 kilograms fermented feeds which is P460 as compared to a 50 kilogram commercial feed costing P1,380 or a difference of P980 which they can save if they themselves prepared the fermented feeds for their pigs.
Benjie Lunag of the Provincial Agriculture Office also lectured on organic vegetable farming for the farmers to adopt as a means of also earning additional income while PVET agriculturist Antonio Taguilingon presented the Animal Loan Contract (ALC) for the dispersal of the piglets.
The seminar ended with the signing of the ALC by the farmers who thanked the PVET for the skills and knowledge they learned on organic feed preparation and organic swine production.(JDP/DBC-PIA CAR, Ifugao)
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