NEGROS OCCIDENTAL, June 10, 2021 – Lipat-on Integrated Small Fisherfolks’ Association (LISFA) earned its first poultry produce from the Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) of the Department of Agriculture in Region 6 (DA 6).
LISFA with 54 members from Barangay Lipat-on, Calatrava, Negros Occidental received the equipment and layer chickens worth Php 334,500 under the FY 2020 budget, on December 12, 2020.
The FA acknowledged the following: three sets of drugs and biologics (Php 15,000), three units of wheelbarrow (Php 10,500), 30 bags of layer feeds (Php 57,000), 240 pieces of egg trays (Php 12,000), three units of weighing scale (Php 15,000), six water drums (Php 18,000), six rolls of water hose (Php 57,000), and three sets of ready-to-lay (RTL) pullets equivalent to 150 head with cage (Php 150,000).
The Harvest and Income
An average of three trays of eggs (90 pieces) per day and over 2,000 eggs in a month were produced.
The chickens started laying eggs in January this year and their production went on full swing this March.
The products were then sold to households in their community and neighboring villages at Php 180 per tray, earning them Php 49,922 gross income at Php 14,367.50 net profit.
LISFA Egg Production per month
|Month||Number of pieces||Number of Trays||Sales|
|Gross Income: Php 49,922|
|Expenses: Php 35,554.50|
|Net Income: Php 14,367.50|
Expenses include buying five to seven sacks of layer feeds per month as well as drugs and biologics for the pullets.
LISFA’s members depend solely on fishing as a source of income. They decided to form an association to avail themselves of various government projects.
Their inactivity in the previous years prompted Dario Lumanog, a retired Philippine Marine Officer, to rebuild the group.
On July 6, 2020, the officers were reorganized and Mr. Lumanog was elected as the new president.
The group was registered as an association with the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) on December 7, 2020, and started the poultry livelihood project when SAAD gave them the intervention on December 12 the same year.
The members then agreed to put the chickens on a farm owned by Darios’ brother, Rolando – one of LISFA’s Board of Directors.
Rolando, who has also been chosen as the poultry caretaker, said they were able to properly handle the feeding, harvesting, and cleaning of their poultry house with capability and hands-on training provided by SAAD in collaboration with the local government unit of Calatrava through the Municipal Agriculturist’s Office.
Rolando and the members anticipated the poultry production to be a delicate venture and that they must ensure that the chickens are free from pollution, noise disturbances, and other environmental issues.
He likewise cited challenges that the group met and overcame such as nurturing the laying hens at the beginning of the project.
“Pagkahuman sang inadlaw sa paghatud, pila ka mga manok naluya, nagmasakit ug nagsugod sila kalamatay mahimong tungod sa stress. Gilain ko dayun ang may tama nga sip-on ug oras-oras ako nag check-up. Sa kinatibuk-an, 23 ang namatay ug the rest naka-recover (Days after the delivery of the chickens some got weak, sick, and eventually died maybe because of stress during travel. I separated those who have runny nose. I also checked them from time to time. So far, we have 23 mortalities and the rest recovered),” said Rolando.
Meanwhile, LISFA’s secretary and bookkeeper Riza Montes said rather than a profit-oriented mindset, the association should instill a customer-oriented mentality.
She explained that financial and operational records were presented at regular meetings every first Monday of the month.
Furthermore, the layer chickens are properly monitored to ensure reaching their productive lives.
For his part as the LISFA chairman, Mr. Lumanog recognized that SAAD’s livelihood project was a huge help for both the members and the consumers.
“Daghan jud ang among pagpasalamat sa DA-SAAD tungod sa proyekto nga among nadawat. Nagsugod kami sa among asosasyon sa zero, karon ang kinabuhi sang atong mga miyembro nagsugod sa pagpaayo tungod sa inyong tabang (We are very thankful for the projects we received from the DA-SAAD. Our association started from zero but now the lives of our members are starting to improve),” Dario added.
To make the project sustainable, the association formulated just and fair compensation for its members. The association will receive a 50% share while the remaining will be distributed to the members, caretaker, and owner of the poultry farm.
Dario said they envisioned LISFA as not just a fishing-reliant group but also as the top producer of eggs not just in their barangay but to the municipality of Calatrava and even to the neighboring towns and cities.
In the coming years, LISFA aims to expand its poultry area and have additional layer chickens to increase its egg production and sustain the project.
With the chickens, they aim to prepare for the sweet hatching of their success in the poultry industry. ###
Writer: CJ Gamarcha, Information Officer – SAAD Region 6
Copy-editor: Andrea Ragot, PR and Comms Officer – SAAD NPMO