KALINGA, June 8, 2021 – The Kasakalikasan Farmers Organization (KFO) with 156 members gained Php 19,000 in five months of their duck production project from the Department of Agriculture – Special Area for Agricultural Development (DA-SAAD) Program under the FY 2020.
KFO chairperson Rico Banggawan is happy to share that they started to earn from sales of eggs with 80-100 pieces gathered daily in April this year. They sold them at Php 150 per tray to their immediate community.
Banggawan said “Agyaman kami iti daytoy nga proyekto iti SAAD ta naikkan ti myembos mi iti tyansa nga agtaraken ti itik ket makita nga makatulong iti pamilyas da. Maysa pay ket nasaayat ta adda paggatangan dagiti kabaranay mi iti sariwa ken nasustansya nga akas ditoy itlog. Sapay kuma ta agtultuloy iti suporta yu kanyami nga barangay.”
[We are thankful to this SAAD project for giving our members a chance to manage an itik production as we can see its benefits to the families. Also, it is good that our community has a locally available source of fresh and nutritious food like these eggs. We hope that you will continue to support our barangay].
The flourishing project is under the Integrated Vegetable, Fruit Trees, and Duck Production Project implemented in Suyang, Tabuk City.
It started from the redirection of the itik intervention from Apayao to KFO due to the restrictions on the entry of poultry stocks in the former area last year which was readily received and undertaken by the Kalinga organization.
SAAD Program not only engages in poultry intervention but also livestock and high-value crops; with savings from the budget of 2020, other interventions such as vegetables and fruit trees were provided to the KFO.
Table 1. Interventions for the Integrated Vegetable, Fruit Trees, and Duck Production of KF
KFO will continue to receive agri-support from the program under the 2021-2022 budget allocation.
Banggawan shared how big of a challenge itik production is to the farmers since it is a relatively new venture for them and their limitations on space and sustenance.
KFO, however, decided to divide total stocks to willing caretakers for easier management with eight members receiving 100-500 ducks each.
Willing recipients are tasked to provide nutrition and housing to the stocks and undergo initial training on duck production and management until enterprise.
With the perceived potential of the project, the recipients asked for more training to better manage the ducks and to learn how to process salted eggs with the provision of an egg incubator for the replacement of stocks in the future. ###
Writer: Sheena Phine B. Pisco-Dayagon, Information Officer – Kalinga
Sources: Rico Banggawan, Chairperson – KFO