Root Crops for Feeds

Baybay City, Leyte – Raising livestock is one of the common businesses one can engage in. However, feeds and its ever increasing prices are often the downfall of these supposedly promising agri-business.

ATI RTC 8 came up with the Training on Corn-Cassava Based Feed Formulation to give farmers and interested individuals an option on how to sustain their livestock production. The training aims to equip the participants with skills in formulating their own feeds for livestock and poultry using locally available ingredients in their farm particularly corn/cassava-byproducts and the adoption of natural/organic farming technology in raising their crop.

Through the training, participants were taught the management and practices of sustainable pig farming. They were able to prepare natural feeds using corn and/or cassava as raw material as well as organic concoctions. They were also taught identification of swine diseases. Because swine production is a lucrative business, the participants were also taught how to compute pig farming profitability and identify marketing strategies.

According to Alfredo B. Gerilla Jr., a participant from Capoocan Leyte, with the training he felt the need to shift to organic. Before, he thought that the only way to truly increase production and profitability is through the use of inorganic fertilizer. He further realized that there is a need for every farmer to learn about organic concoctions.

The participants were also able to identify locally available materials such as corn, cassava, herbs, and other leaves that can be used for feed mixing. These alternative feeds can also be an excellent source of energy and other nutrients. Proper mixture of two or more feed ingredients is necessary to reduce feed costs and to incorporate quality feed while meeting the dietary nutrient needs of the animal at the same time.

The participants visited ATI's learning sites such as LP Organic Farm, Merida, Leyte, Balay ni Tinglay Farm, Isabel, Leyte and Ciprinisa Natures Farm, Kananga, Leyte. They learned the technologies each farm showcased particularly on livestock production through the application of organic agriculture technologies.

Twenty-eight (28) farmers and interested individuals attended the training held on August 13-15, 2019 at ATI RTC 8, VSU, Baybay City, Leyte.