Vic­tim of his own nephew

(Mem­oirs of an Agri Jour­nal­ist)

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IN FARM­ING, some can make a for­tune while oth­ers can in­cur mis­for­tune. There are many risks in farm­ing which could be due to var­i­ous rea­sons. Fail­ure could be due to calami­ties like ty­phoons or floods that farm­ers have lit­tle con­trol of. But there are also fail­ures that are caused by rea­sons that could have been pre­vented by adopt­ing the right pre­cau­tions. One could be a vic­tim not caused by foul weather but by un­scrupu­lous peo­ple. Just like a bas­ket­ball star who had to sell not just one but three cars to pay for the penalty he had in­curred as a broiler con­tract grower.

Broiler con­tract growing has been a pop­u­lar scheme of get­ting into the poul­try busi­ness. This started many years ago and is still pre­vail­ing up to this time. In fact, the prac­tice has be­come more pop­u­lar than ever.

In con­tract growing, the in­te­gra­tor sup­plies the chicks, the feeds, the medicines and tech­ni­cal su­per­vi­sion so that the birds will at­tain a tar­get weight re­quired by the mar­ket. The con­tract grower, on the other hand, pro­vides the hous­ing, the la­bor, wa­ter and elec­tric­ity. If the con­tract grower at­tains the tar­get weight, he will be paid the amount agreed upon. If he ex­ceeds the tar­get weight, he would get a bonus. But if he fails to achieve the min­i­mum tar­get weight, he would be pe­nal­ized de­pend­ing on the grav­ity of the short­fall.

In the mid ‘90s at the Agri-Kapi­han fo­rum, Rolly (that’s not his real name) re­lated how he was vic­tim­ized by his own nephew. Rolly was prompted to go into the con­tract farm­ing of broil­ers be­cause a fel­low bas­ket­ball player was mak­ing money rais­ing 40,000 broil­ers as his side­line. Think­ing that he could do bet­ter, he bought a two-hectare farm in Lipa and con­structed houses good for 60,000 broil­ers. He fig­ured out that he could make a for­tune even if he did not de­vote his full time to the project. After all, he had a nephew whom he paid a big sum to take care of the poul­try farm. He would just visit every week­end or when­ever there was no sched­uled game.

How­ever, in­stead of mak­ing a for­tune, Rolly had in­curred a mis­for­tune. And he was so bit­ter about it in telling his story be­fore an au­di­ence of about a hun­dred farm­ing en­thu­si­asts at the AgriKapi­han fo­rum. His ad­vice was: In farm­ing, don’t trust even your close rel­a­tives.

Rolly had to sell his three cars just to pay for the penal­ties for not at­tain­ing the tar­geted weight of the broil­ers de­spite the amount of feeds sup­plied by the in­te­gra­tor. Why? What hap­pened? Why didn’t the birds grow to the de­sired weight?

Rolly even­tu­ally found the rea­son why. His nephew who was over­see­ing the farm was not giv­ing all the feeds to the birds. About half of the ra­tion was be­ing di­verted to a buyer at a ridicu­lously low price.

That was a most painful ex­pe­ri­ence for Rolly. He never thought that his nephew would ever do some­thing like that to him. After that, Rolly be­came much wiser. He in­sti­tuted his own con­trols on the farm. And he told the at­ten­dees at the Agri-Kapi­han not to trust other peo­ple too much, in­clud­ing close rel­a­tives.— ZAC B. SARIAN

The con­tract grower pays a penalty if the tar­get size of the birds is not at­tained. But the grower gets a bonus if he achieves big­ger size than the tar­get size.

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