A hog raising scheme for 4P beneficiaries
THERE’S ANOTHER practical way of spending the billions of pesos allocated to the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) for the 4Ps (Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program) of the government. The usual norm is to give cash to families so they can send their children to school, though they have to meet some requirements. Now, here comes a novel way of helping the very poor: by teaching the families to raise pigs for sale, with funding from DSWD. The scheme was crafted by Ronald Costales, the award-winning organic farmer-entrepreneur who runs his farm in Majayjay, Laguna.
He came up with a scheme that the DSWD gladly adopted for Region 4 or the Calabarzon area. Under the scheme, the 4Ps beneficiaries are provided with three weanlings to raise up to market size. The DSWD pays for the weanlings, the feeds, simple housing, and the training conducted by Costales. No cash is released to the beneficiaries, only the material inputs.
The pigs are grown the organic way. And the beneficiaries are taught to concoct their own hog feed using locally available materials. Total cost of the package for one beneficiary is about R20,000. The cost includes the three weanlings, simple housing, feeds, and most importantly, the training that is provided by Costales.
Growing pigs the organic way can be really profitable if the beneficiaries follow the techniques of Costales and Jess Domingo, who initially enrolled in the seminar conducted by Costales Nature Farms. Domingo, who is an accountant, has proof to bolster his claim that he can make a profit of more than R5,000 per head of fattener that he raises to a weight of 90 kilos. His cost of feed (fermented for 15 days) is just about R10 per kilo. One fattener, he says consumes about R3,500 worth of feeds until it reaches market size. The other costs of production include the cost of weanlings, labor, electricity, and some miscellaneous expenses which amount to a little over R5,000 per head.
When the pigs grown by the beneficiaries attain marketable size—say 80 to 90 kilos—Costales will buy back the organically grown pigs at a price that is R10 higher per kilo than the prevailing price in the market. In addition, Costales will set aside for the farmer R5 per kilo that he buys. This
Fatteners feeding on vegetable scraps.
Madre de Agua is a nutritious green feed for pigs.