Back­yard pig rais­ing can be a prof­itable ven­ture

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BACK­YARD PIG RAIS­ING could be a prof­itable ven­ture and a source of ad­di­tional in­come for farm­ers.Aside from pro­vid­ing a source of ad­di­tional in­come, back­yard pig rais­ing only requires an af­ford­able amount of cap­i­tal and can pro­vide a de­cent profit in a short span of time.

Pig rais­ing is a prof­itable home ven­ture if you have a back­yard to spare in your home or in your farm.Pigs can be used for many dif­fer­ent pur­poses—meat from the hog can be sold lo­cally or on the mar­ket; pork meat can be pro­cessed into var­i­ous prepa­ra­tions; or the an­i­mals can be sold live to those who are into the busi­ness of sell­ing “le­chon” or roasted pig.

In an effort to pro­vide op­por­tu­ni­ties for those who want to ven­ture into back­yard pig rais­ing, an ur­ban farm school has tapped its avail­able re­sources to cre­ate a pro­gram that pro­motes pig farm­ing.

In part­ner­ship with the Agri­cul­tural Train­ing In­sti­tute (ATI) of the Re­gion 4A of­fice of the Depart­ment of Agri­cul­ture, the Vil­lar So­cial In­sti­tute for Poverty Al­le­vi­a­tion and Gov­er­nance (SIPAG) con­ducted a train­ing pro­gram on sus­tain­able pig farm­ing.

Ini­tially, about 50 ur­ban farm­ers com­ing from the cities of Parañaque, Las Piñas, and Muntinlupa, and from the prov­inces of Cavite, La­guna, and Rizal, were trained on how to or­gan­i­cally raise pigs from piglets to ma­tu­rity, said Sen­a­tor Cyn­thia Vil­lar, who is the direc­tor of Vil­lar SIPAG.“It has been proven that live­stock rais­ing pro­vides farm­ers a year-round source of in­come that sup­ple­ments their in­come from farm har­vest. We part­nered with ex­perts so that our farm­ers will be trained on pig farm­ing.”

Vil­lar noted that more than 65 per­cent of hog rais­ers are back­yard hog farm­ers, and that many farm­ers go into hog rais­ing or pig farm­ing be­cause it only requires a small amount of cap­i­tal.

The train­ing ses­sions were held ev­ery Tues­day for a pe­riod of 20 weeks at the seven-hectare Vil­lar SIPAG Ur­ban Farm School, which is lo­cated at the bound­ary of Las Piñas and Ba­coor City. In the pro­gram, par­tic­i­pants were also given-hands-on train­ing re­gard­ing the sus­tain­able way of pre­par­ing or­ganic feeds for pigs.

Since it started in Septem­ber 2015, the Vil­lar SIPAG Ur­ban Farm School has al­ready con­ducted dif­fer­ent train­ing ses­sions re­gard­ing the var­i­ous as­pects per­tain­ing to agri­cul­ture for farm­ers com­ing from Metro Manila and nearby prov­inces. The top­ics in­cluded-vegetable pro­duc­tion, mush­room pro­duc­tion, live­stock and poul­try pro­duc­tion, sweet corn pro­duc­tion, orchid cul­ti­va­tion, bam­boo prop­a­ga­tion, cut-flower pro­duc­tion, and bee­keep­ing.

Only last July, the Vil­lar SIPAG opened an­other ur­ban farm school in San Jose del Monte City, Bu­la­can to cater to the train­ing needs of farm­ers from the dif­fer­ent prov­inces of Cen­tral Lu­zon.

Sen­a­tor Cyn­thia Vil­lar says it is proven that live­stock rais­ing can pro­vide a year-round source of in­come which could sup­ple­ment the in­come of farm­ers. At the Vil­lar SIPAG Ur­ban Farm School, par­tic­i­pants were trained on how to or­gan­i­cally raise pigs from piglet to ma­tu­rity.

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