Pasil, Kalinga – A group of hog raisers in Malucsad, Pasil reported over P.4 million in sales since the implementation of swine production project in 2019, according to the provincial Department of Agriculture-Special Area for Agricultural Development (DA-SAAD).
The said good news demonstrates the success of the SAAD program on swine production in the said area.
DA-SAAD Kalinga said the department’s continuous intervention to Umawilan Farmers Organization (UFO) had a significant impact on the livelihood of the 68 Guina-ang IP (indigenous peoples) farmer-members of the group.
In a press release, DA-SAAD Kalinga on August 16 relayed the result of their monitoring, stating the group has so far produced a total of 207 hogs, more than a hundred of which were sold with a price ranging from P3,500 to P20,000.
The farmer organization now holds a record of P441,000 accumulated sales.
Other stocks were said to have been used during “pango” or bayanihan of locals such as in building houses and farm activities, while some were grown as fatteners and breeders.
Ferdie Bommosao, the Chairperson of UFO, shared that with the P87,000 sales he got from selling his 11 hogs, he was able to build their kitchen area and sustain the daily expenses of his family.
Support from DA-SAAD
10 of the members of the organization expressed thanks for receiving feeds subsidy from the swine repopulation project in 2021. This, according to the local agriculture department, resulted into 71 additional piglets.
“Kayat ko nga agyaman unay kadagitoy nga programa iti SAAD ta nu aganak daytuy babuy mi adda ti namnamaen mi nga pag-incoman ken pagalan ti maparti nu kailangan. Maka-pass-on nak pay iti buryas metlang iti dadduma nga mangpa-adu pay ti supply ti babuy dituy Malucsad,” Maureen Buyang stated.
Other support to Umawilan Farmers Organization
Other than the swine production, UFO also benefitted from the integrated banana, calamansi, and pineapple project by the DA in 2019.
With the assistance, the members have had good harvest in their 0.3 hectare land area.
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