Native pig raising ideal in PH as demand for organic food items rise
Native pig raising in the country is becoming a more profitable business venture as the demand for organic food products among Filipinos is also on the rise.
Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol said that with people now preferring organic and naturally-grown food items, backyard-raised native pigs are in high demand in the market especially for lechon houses.
He also said that for farmers in many parts of the country, native pig raising is becoming a favorite livelihood project, which offers huge profits because of the very low production cost.
For instance, a lechon-size native pig which weighs between 25 to 30 kilos could fetch between P4,000 to P5,000.
For breeding purposes, native pig breeding materials sell between P8,000 to P10,000 per head.
“I started my native pig raising project about a year ago with four young sows and one boar. Today, I have over 30 heads running around a 1/2 hectare area which I enclosed with barbed wires,” Piñol said.
“I do not feed them with commercial feeds. They are just given trinchantera leaves and corn or rice bran. Lately, we started feeding them with banana rejects and loose Oil Palm fruits and the pigs like these new menu very much,” he added.
According to him, the Department of Agriculture is now promoting native pig raising all over the country.
Right now, the Bureau of Animal Industry (BAI) has a breeding station for native animals and fowls in Tiaong, Quezon.
“Those interested may get in touch with your DA regional offices in your areas,” Piñol further said.