For a woman who was struck badly by the pandemic, the backyard raising of livestock is still a profitable venture for Filipino families. It helps provide for their household needs and even helps in sending children to school. Commonly, hog raising for swine production is a multi-million business in the country and is the largest among the livestock and poultry industries.
Commuters would catch a glimpse of what seems like a brown ocean by the side of the road in Barangay Cogon, Sigma, Capiz. One would wonder how that came to be, considering there are communities that can be viewed from across the waters. Passersby can be perceiving it as a tragic effect of calamities, as rice fields are lying beneath it. But to the people of Barangay Cogon, it is an opportunity for income generation.
Felino “Leo” T. Remaneses of Mangan, Banga, Aklan is wearing few hats during his fifty-six years of existence. He is known to be an educator, industrial technologist specializing in metal and steelworks, was an Overseas Filipino Worker, and presently, a respected businessman. However, he is thriving in yet another industry: agriculture.
What will you do when you see your pigs drowning? Save them immediately, right? But where will you bring them and how will you manage to bring them?
BANGA, Aklan – In support of the “Plant, Plant, Plant Program” of the Department of Agriculture (DA), ATI Region 6 converts the former dumpsite into a pond for tilapia growing. It is located inside the Atong Ugsaran, which is an ATI Region 6's Urban Agriculture Garden that showcases different technologies on vegetables, herbs and spices, poultry and livestock forages, and inland fish farming.
The “Masaganang Ani at Mataas na Kita” as the Department of Agriculture’s battle cry, envisions to make smallholder Filipino farmers and fisherfolks more prosperous, with the goal of doubling their incomes. Modernizing Philippine agriculture could be done with the use of relevant and innovative technologies and sustained empowerment and skills development of farmers and fisherfolks. Increasing the low income of small Filipino farmers and fisherfolk could be the key to leveling up the country's agriculture sector.