January 21, 2019
Philippines backyard swine association to build US$189,370 feed mill
A PHP10 million (US$189,370) feed mill will be built in the Philippines, as part of an effort to reduce the cost of backyard swine farming and improve the biosecurity of small steads, BusinessWorld reported.
The Davao Backyard Swine Raisers Association will construct the facility with funding provided by the Philippines' Department of Agriculture-Agricultural Credit Policy Council (DA-ACPC).
"Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol has agreed in principle to provide us with a PHP10 million loan for the feed mill project," the group's president, Filemon O. Santander, said in an interview with Businessworld.
According to Santander, the feed mill would help the industry avoid getting hit by an outbreak of African swine fever (ASF). He added the association is the midst of developing a business plan "which includes the production, distribution and marketing of the feed mill project as these are needed prior to the approval of our loan."
The association is also considering an usufruct agreement in which it plans to build the new feed mill on a land in Bunawan that is owned by one of its members. The facility would need around 500 to 1,000 square meters, and will house a production area and warehouse, Santander said.
The official sees the feed mill as a way to provide backyard swine farmers affordable feed in future. Santander pointed out that the price of feed - which makes up to 70% of production cost - is so high that farmers use food waste as feed even though the practice is prohibited. Furthermore, food waste can be easily obtained from their household.
According to the Philippine Statistics Authority, as of October 2018, the Philippines' total swine production was 13.13 million head, of which 63.55% was from backyard farms.