Queen pineap­ple wastes: A vi­able feed sup­ple­ment for na­tive chick­ens

Agriculture - - Contents - BY OFELIA F. DOMINGO

QUEEN PINEAP­PLE peels, eye trim­mings, cores, and po­mace need not go to the trash. These wastes can be pro­cessed into a feed sup­ple­ment called queen pineap­ple (QP) Bran for na­tive chick­ens.

QP Bran provides nu­tri­ents and health ben­e­fits to na­tive chick­ens, sim­i­lar to those from com­mer­cial rice bran, but it is more af­ford­able.

A re­search team from the Ca­marines Norte State Col­lege (CNSC) pro­duced QP Bran through the project, “De­vel­op­ment of Var­i­ous Prod­ucts from Queen Pineap­ple Wastes.” The project was led by Michelle S. Car­bonell­with Dr. Sonia S. Car­bonell.

Funded by the Philippine Coun­cil for Agri­cul­ture, Aquatic, and Nat­u­ral Re­sources Re­search and De­vel­op­ment of the De­part­ment of Science and Tech­nol­ogy (DOST- PCAARRD), the project was one of the com­po­nents of the pro­gram, “En­hanc­ing the Mar­ketabil­ity and Qual­ity of Queen Pineap­ple Wastes,” im­ple­mented by the Visayas State Univer­sity (VSU), CNSC, and the De­part­ment of Agri­cul­ture Re­gional Field Of­fice V.

Dur­ing the re­cent pro­gram re­view held at VSU, Bay­bay, Leyte, Car­bonell said that 50 per­cent QP Bran and 50 per­cent Rice Bran is a good mix. Ini­tial re­sults of the study showed that this for­mu­la­tion is best for the Ca­marines strain of na­tive chick­ens in Ca­marines Norte. In 30 days, the 150-day­old na­tive chick­ens fed with the 50:50 for­mu­la­tion were as good as those fed with rice bran only, in terms of weight gain, feed con­sump­tion, feed cost, and feed con­ver­sion ra­tio.

Car­bonel­lalso re­ported that the five-day old na­tive chick­ens ob­served for 30 days and 180 days showed sim­i­lar per­for­mance re­gard­less of the amount of rice bran and QP Bran pro­por­tions.

As a feed sup­ple­ment, QP Bran can help na­tive chicken grow­ers save more than half the re­tail price of rice bran per kilo­gram. QP Bran costs R11 per kilo­gram, while rice bran costs R25/ kg.

The re­search re­sults showed that about 40 per­cent of raw ma­te­ri­als such as pulp, peel, and eye trim­mings go to waste, based on ac­tual data from the LaboCa­marines Norte Mul­ti­pur­pose Co­op­er­a­tive. An es­ti­mate of as high as R197,600 per hectare per har­vest can be gen­er­ated if these wastes will be pro­cessed. Pro­cess­ing QP wastes into QP Bran feed sup­ple­ment is en­vi­ron­ment-friendly and a po­ten­tial ven­ture that will ben­e­fit famers, poul­try own­ers, chicken grow­ers, and en­trepreneurs. (DOSTPCAARRD S&T ME­DIA SER­VICES)

Queen Pineap­ple (QP) Bran, a feed sup­ple­ment for na­tive chick­ens.

PCAARRD holds a project re­view meet­ing at VSU, Bay­bay, Leyte. PCAARRD’s Ma. Teresa de Guz­man (top left) and VSU’s Dr. Roberta Lau­zon (lower left) raise com­ments and sug­ges­tions dur­ing the pre­sen­ta­tion of the ac­com­plish­ments of the project, “De­vel­op­ment of Var­i­ous Prod­ucts from Queen Pineap­ple Wastes,” pre­sented by CNSC’s project leader Michelle Car­bonell (up­per right).

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