BAYBAY CITY, Leyte - The production of Free-range chicken has become prevalent in some provinces in the Philippines due to programs conducted by the government promoting the production of meat and eggs that are safe and healthy as well as to preserve and promote native breeds of chicken. However, production of these animals are at risk, one would be due to Climate Change. Through the Climate Smart Farm Business School (CSFBS), farmers were capacitated with knowledge, skills, attitude, and aspirations in free-range chicken production and marketing techniques that can help increase profitability and at the same time, preserve the environment.
One of the program thrusts of the Agricultural Training Institute is to transform farmers to become agripreneurs while adapting to the threats of the changing climate. In 2018, ATI-RTC 8 conducted CSFBS in various program commodities. CSFBS on Free-Range Chicken was conducted in the municipalities of Mayorga, Palompon, Capoocan, Dagami, Motiong, and Hilongos, Leyte on July 2018.
Leah Dagamas, a participant from Mayorga, Leyte, was thankful for the opportunity to attend the activity. “The training is very useful for me because although I already have an experience raising chicken for egg production, still, I gained many knowledge and ideas on the proper care and management of chicken.” she added. The CSFBS enabled the farmers to understand Climate Smart practices in the production of Free-Range Chicken from breed selection, forage establishment, health care and many more.
Farm Business Planning and Financial Literacy were also essential for farmers to learn marketing strategies to keep track of their expenses and income. “I really appreciate this training because of its business aspect. Raising chicken helped me send my children to school because the income I earned from it served as their daily allowance.” added Dagamas as she gave her impression.
Ms. Annalyn Miraflor, also a participant, shared that even she already had insights and knowledge on how to properly manage the chicken she has been raising, this training helped her change her management strategies. “I experienced many losses with my previous production,” said Miraflor. “With this training, I am sure enough that I will be profiting more in my upcoming production.” Learning journeys were also useful because it gave them the opportunity to experience actual production of successful farmers in their poultry fields. “We are very happy with this training because it gave us the opportunity to develop a small business and to manage it well in a technical manner.” she added.
Before concluding the 4-month activity, the participants were also provided with grower chicks as a start-up for their free-range chicken production. Fifty (50) farmers from the 2 batches graduated the CSFBS on Free-Range Chicken Production. The four (6) months Farmer-level CSFBS ran from July to December 10, 2018.