Backyard raisers learn free-range chicken production in Farmers Poultry School

The incubator made by the participants of FPS in Cauayan City

“Madami akong natutunan sa training na ito. Lalo akong nagkaroon ng interest sa pag-aalaga ng manok. Isang ‘complete package’ and aming training. Lahat ng gusto kong malaman tungkol sa manok katulad ng iba't-ibang lahi ng manok, mga sakit ng manok, mga lunas sa sakit, paggawa ng feeds at incubator at mga halamang gamot para sa manok,” said Ms. Jocelyn R. Zipagan of Cauayan City.

Ms. Zipagan is one of the 50 backyard chicken raisers who graduated from the two batches of Farmers Poultry School (FPS) conducted in Cauayan City, Isabela and Tuguegarao City, Cagayan on November 29 and December 6, 2018, respectively.

The FPS is a 16-week long training program designed by the Agricultural Training Institute-Regional Training Center 02 and implemented with the Local Government Units. It was launched on August 6 at Barangay Carbatan Punta, Cauayan City and on October 24 at Barangay Atulayan Sur, Tugugearao City.

"Una sa lahat gusto ko pong pasalamatan lahat ng nasa likod nitong programa lalo na sa ATI, Kay Doc. Pastor dahil isa ako sa napili para magtraing sa Free Range Chicken Production at talagang napaka-rami kong natutunan sa training na ito mula sa pagpili ng magandang katangian ng manok, good management hanggang sa ito ay mangitlog at magpisa ang mga ito at napakagaling nilang magturo dahil naipaisip at isapuso namin lahat ng kanilang naibahaging kaalaman sa mahusay na kanilang pamamaraan ng pagtuturo," said Ms. Pacita P. Garduque, a graduate of FPS in Tuguegarao.

According to Dr. Maurieann M. Turingan, the Focal Person of the Livestock Extension Program of ATI-RTC 02, the goal of FPS is to capacitate the raisers so that they will able to manage free range chicken production and enterprise, and eventually organize themselves to become a source of quality chicken meat and eggs in the region.

In the FPS, the participants meet weekly to study the growth of the chicken from egg to egg. They were taught on the appropriate production practices and technologies such as egg incubation and fabrication of incubator, feed formulation, and production of natural farming inputs.
The lecturers of the FPS were graduates of the Training of Trainers on Free-range Chicken Production held on July 16-20, 2018.

After their training, the ATI-RTC 02 provided the participants with two units of incubators that they can be used to multiply the chickens that were also given to them.

"Madalas akong magkatay ng manok pero sa training na ito ko lang lubos na natutunan at naunawaan ang iba't-ibang parte ng manok at ang "fucntion" ng bawat "organ". Gayun din ang paggawa ng incubator at paggawa ng feeds. Dati nagtiyatiyaga akong bumili ng commercial feeds kahit mahal, pero nang matapos ang training na ito, marunong na akong gumawa ng feeds at napakalaking tulong nito sa akin dahil malaki ang matitipid ko,” said Mariano A. Mendoza of Cauayan City.

Next year, the ATI-RTC 02 will be implementing several batches of the same FPS.