SOLSED Pig Dispersal Yields 98% Robust Growth In Hinundayan
By Quirico M. Gorpido,Jr.
Hinundayan, Southern Leyte-SOLSED’s (Southern Leyte Socio-Economic Development, Inc.) pig dispersal project piloted here has yielded 98% robust growth for a duration period of 3 months and 15 days with only 2% mortality rate mainly caused by stress from long distance travel from Baybay,Leyte to this place in the Pacific area.
This was the observation and disclosure gathered during visitation tour from different areas in brgys. Cat-iwing, Ambao, Lungsodaan, District 1 and in other barangays by SOLSED personnel led by newly-appointed Provincial Veterinarian Dr. Francisco Cabarrubias together with its founder incumbent Congressman Damian G. Mercado.
The specific duration period for the swine growing was recommended to the 22 recipients by Dr. Cabarrubias and to Mercado as proper and enough to avoid less meaningful spending.
Dr. Cabarrubias implied that following the feeding period in accordance with the pig’s age of at least 10 kilos weight for each at the start to achieve the 3 months and 15 days period for their growth ,is quite enough to reach the target of 80 kilos and above.
“Exceeding the duration of the pigs’ feeding program to 4months and above is economically not recommendable as the pig s’ growth at this stage is much slower despite enough feeds for each pig consume daily”,Congressman Mercado explained in answer to a query from the media.
The Provincial Veterinarian has likewise observed that those pigs handed over to chosen recipients that were less than 9 to 10 kilos were found to have failed the expected weight of at least 80 kilos and above.
“At the second batch of piglets distribution”,Cabarrubis said,”each pig should be 10 kilos at least to make more certain that each can reach the estimated weight of at least 80 kilos or even more as has been noticed in some piglets with 3 months and 15 days period of feeding that we have visited in different areas”.
The initial weigh-in of 4 pigs in Cat-iwing showed that 2 of 10 kilos each pigs distributed have exceeded the estimated weight of at least 80 kilos a piece: the first weighed 88 kilos and the second was 89.While the other 2 pigs that were lesser than 9 kilos during the previous distribution have failed to achieve the weight level of 80 kilos at least: it was 79 kilos and the next was even lesser.
Those pigs in Ambao and Lungsodaan with the same sizes for harvesting were also expected to exceed the 80 kilos mark, whose weighing were assigned to SOLSED staff and the able-bodied growers since ocular inspection have continued in other areas of the town.
Win Win Livelihood
The pig dispersal piloted here is now extended to cover other Pacific towns of Hinunangan,Anahawan and in Panaon Island’s four municipalities which is generally considered as a win-win project.
SOLSED Vice-President Godofredo Alvarez in an interview with the press informed that after all harvested pigs were sold out,feeds, medicines(if a pig was afflicted with a disease) and the piglets costs will be deducted from its proceeds.
“The net income will all be given to each of the pig growers”, he divulged.”Only 10% of the net income will be deducted and turn over the percentage money to SOLSED as savings for cluster-members of at least 25 members-recipients in a particular area”.
Alvarez also clarified that SOLSED is the one that will market the pigs whose price per kilo will be based on the local price.”SOLSED’s gain will be from the mark up price per kilogram of each pig like in any other business undertakings”’he said.
However, of the 98 healthy and robust pigs,only 52 are to be harvested,informed a new SOLSED female employee.Some of the 6,7 and 8 kilos piglets that were turned over to the recipients which failed to reach at least the 80 kilos mark,Dr. Cabarrubias pointed out,have to wait for two or three weeks to gain more weight.
On the other hand, inhuman treatment was also observed during pig harvesting in Cat-iwing from the buyer’s aids who were sent to catch and load the purchased pigs.
Although the pigs were consigned for slaughtering by their buyers for sale to meat eaters/consumers,the sustaining of 3 marked injuries upon a lone brown pig’s back, and the improper handling of the other pig by putting an aid’s forefingers inside each pig’s eye sockets for firm holds in propping up to the standby truck,has prompted the Veterinarian to stop it. Most advocates of the Animal Welfare Act RA8485,it was learned, have decided to turn themselves from being carnivorous to vegetarians.
It was also learned from scientific studies that those people who chose to be vegetarians have lesser affliction of diseases and live much longer than meat eaters who eat only little amount of vegetables.
It was said that repeated violators of the aforesaid law are subjected to punishment by rebuking their licenses/permits.
Organic pig pens
For the second batch distribution of piglets, recipients who have not yet build organic pigs pens as required during the project’s first dispersal, are now obliged to construct their own.
Likewise as in the first batch, recipients have to sign SOLSED’s contracts and will also be given copies of proper feeding guides that must be followed in order to achieve good results.
The recipients were also advised to report to the assigned Veterinarian any sign of illness/sickness from their pigs under their care.(Quirico M. Gorpido,Jr.)