The demand for native chicken continuously increased amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Seeing the competitive advantage in the market, the native chicken project of the Samahan kang Mangunguma kag Mamamayan kang Agricula in San Remigio, Antique has slowly multiplied their stocks for the local market.
“We were able to increase our stocks to 150 native chickens from the initial 36 delivered to us last December 2019,” said Mr. Tony Tumanday, one of the three caretakers of the project. Mr. Tumanday added that 10 mortalities were recorded as their first breeding cycle was a failure.
“We decided to continue raising the remaining stocks. In four months, we have now more than a hundred chickens.’’
A total of six Farmer Associations from the municipality of San Remigio benefited from the Livelihood Production Project for Enhanced Rice with Corn, Organic, Lowland Vegetable, Vermicast, Livestock and Poultry under the FY 2019 SAAD fund, which costs Php 6,286,080.87.
In addition, farmer-beneficiaries also received Rice Production, with one hand tractor, Corn Production, Draft Animals with Implements, Organic Backyard Vegetable Production, and farm tools.
Ms. Rosema Gregorio, member of the association said that they are integrating commercial feeds with any available local produce like corn, grated coconut, malunggay leaves, and other local grasses. This integration is a great help in reducing their production inputs and not being dependent on commercial feeds from agricultural stores.
Presently, the association has initiated to build temporary housing, made of fishnet and bamboo poles, to shelter the chickens from the extreme heat of the sun and rain. The housing will also protect the poultry animals from natural predators, such as snakes and wild cats, while they are waiting for the delivery of the additional net and wire fencing as part of the project’s package.
Association President Mr. Ike Gregorio is optimistic that with good management and favorable weather conditions, their native chicken project will surely alleviate their economic condition. “We are planning to raise 100 hens. We are aiming to supply the poultry demand of San Remigio and neighboring towns, especially San Jose de Buenavista (the capital town of Antique).”
The SAAD program also provided drugs, biologics, and feeds to help ensure project success. The farmers’ efforts further strengthened their ownership and responsibilities for the project. ###
James Earl Ogatis, OIC-Chief RAFIS Region 6
Jemiema Arro, PR and Communication Officer