To continuously deliver information about agriculture without the usual face to face learning during this time of the pandemic, the Agricultural Training Institute- Regional Training Center XI (ATI-RTC XI) has been carrying out webinars since April this year.
The latest among the webinars is the Webinar on Free-Range Chicken Production- A Farmer’s Practice broadcasted online on June 30, 2020.
For this online learning activity, ATI Davao teamed up with Mr. Jorge Perez, a successful chicken farmer, and a Learning Site for Agriculture (LSA) Cooperator to serve as the resource person to share his farm practices and management in raising free-range chicken.
Enable to have a coherent and concise delivery of content, the whole webinar was prerecorded, arranged, and edited by ATI- RTC XI Information Services Section (ISS). All video footage of the webinar were shot inside JMJ Farm, Perez’s farm located in Nabunturan, Davao de Oro
During his discussion, Perez underscored the five important elements of free-range chicken production-the housing, feeding, deworming, laying of eggs and incubation, and chicken care and management.
While explaining each of its significance, Perez also demonstrated some of his farm applications. One of which is his method of deworming chickens using betel nut or “bunga” in Bisaya language.
Perez imparted that “bunga” is very effective in deworming chickens before every change feeding. In the video, Perez showed how he chopped the betel nut into the right sizes enough for the chicken to consume based on its dosage needs. He also briefed that deworming using “bunga” should be done early in the morning.
Another notable practice Perez shared is the natural treatment he administers to his chickens when they acquire common chicken diseases such “halak” and “pisik”. Perez showed how he medicates them with chili and oregano leaves until they get better. However, when natural medicine fails to cure the chicken until 5 to 7 days, he said this is the time that he will opt for synthetic medication.
Even with the failures that he encountered in his stint as a chicken farmer, Perez said he did not lose the confidence that someday he will achieve the success he is savoring now. For he knew that the dedication, time and will power that he invested in mastering his farm practices will eventually have a favorable outcome.
“ Wala gyud ko niundang, wala ko na discourage mas nadasig pako sa karun nga ipadayon ang production sa manok tungod sa kataas sa demand, tungod kay naay kwarta diha sa pagpamuhi og manok ” Perez said.
After airing the video, Perez along with ATI Center Director Dante G. Esguerra and OIC-TCS I Omarbliss B. Dalam sat down for a live open forum session to cater to the questions of the participants.
A total of 60 live participants completed the webinar. Each of them will receive e-certificates.