Rural women to become biggest supplier of native chicken in Bicol
Through the Department of Agriculture’s (DA) Philippine Rural Development Project (PRDP), rural women of Sorsogon are eyed to become the biggest supplier of native chicken and native eggs in the province.
A statement showed that PRDP recently funded the Native Chicken Production and Marketing project for Rural Improvement Club (RIC) of Cagang, which is comprised of 35 rural women in Barcelona, Sorsogon,
The project aims to produce live native chicken at least 850 grams to 1.5 kilograms each.
To achieve this, PRDP dispersed a total of 35 modules consisting of 18 breeder stock, 15 female and three males, each, to be reared by members of the RIC.
Each module has three cycles per year. Around 383 heads of native chicken will be produced per module for a total of 13,405 heads per year.
The live native chicken produced by the breeding stock for the first to third cycle will be marketed at P120 per kilogram.
“Native chickens are easy to rear, adapted to local conditions, prolific breeders, and command a good price in the market,” DA said in a statement.
The project, according to DA, gives the RIC a projected net income of P150,990.50 per cycle, which is equivalent to 11 percent return of investment per cycle for the association or a 15 percent increase in farmers’ income per cycle.
PRDP is a six-year development project being implemented by the DA in support of World Bank. The project is designed to establish a modern, inclusive, value chain-oriented and climate-resilient agri-fishery sector in the countryside.