Sunday, 25 December 2011

Piglet dispersal project in pipeline

PIGLET dispersal is among livelihood projects for its members that are now in the pipeline, according to LaPIMa.

LaPIMa said several of these projects are under consideration and that they would have to be coordinated with the community, the municipal government and interested community organizations.

A common source of additional income, hog-raising has become popular among a number of rural household in Mambulao as it could be done along with other income-generating activities.

According to LaPIMa, under its piglet dispersal program, a household would receive a female piglet (breeder) at no cost, usually worth Php1,200.

One of the female litters produced from a breeder would have to be given away to a neighbor interested in hog-raising, who would do the same, once his/her animal has produced its offspring.

“This way, the chain of piglet dispersal is not cut off,” says Sam Tatum, secretary of LaPIMa.

Usually, a breeder would produce an average of six live piglets in 3.8 months after “being serviced” by boar.

The hog could be sold at marketable weight of 60kg to 100kg in five to six months, depending on its variety.

To achieve the desired impact of income generation, LaPIMa is planning to acquire at least female 10 piglets initially, for dispersal to 10 households.

This would cost the association Php12,000 for the 10 young breeders.
LaPIMa said the recipients of the breeder would have to shoulder the cost of raising the animal.

If the 10 households succeeded in breeding their animals, it would mean that there would be another batch of 10 households receiving their young breeders in the next six months.
In one year, at least 40 households would benefit from the project.

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