Hungduan farmers benefit from PRDP’s livelihood project

Members of the Hungduan Micro-Finance Development Cooperative (HMFDC) fall in line as they wait for their turn to receive three (3) piglets each during the turnover ceremony for the Small Livelihood Project (SLP) on Swine Raising held on May 22, 2018. Contributed photo.

HUNGDUAN, Ifugao  – “Almost 85% of farmers’ livelihood were damaged by the calamity in 2015 and everyone needed to restore and re-establish their properties from what was left.”

Evelyn Biniahan, Manager of Hungduan Micro-Finance Development Cooperative (HMFDC) thus described their situation and how they were able to come up with a proposal on swine-raising under the Department of Agriculture’s Philippine Rural Development Project (PRDP).

“When the provincial and municipal agriculture offices informed us about this project, we did our best to comply with all the requirements the soonest and waited patiently,” said Biniahan, adding that this project is a great help to their members in their livelihood.

Sixty-three piglets were delivered and turned over to 21 farmer-members of the cooperative on May 22, 2018 at the office of HMFDC in Hapao, Hungduan, Ifugao. Each farmer was given three (3) piglets each and 21 kilograms of feeds. The remaining 87 piglets and sacks of feeds will be delivered by the end of the month to 29 more farmers.

According to the project’s business plan, 150 piglets and 274 sacks of feeds (starter and grower) are set to be delivered as part of the first tranche, and 144 sacks of finisher feeds for the second tranche. For a one year-operation of two (2) cycles, the piglets will be fattened for a maximum of six (6) months then sold at P120/kg live weight.

To sustain the project, the total investment cost provided shall be collected from each recipient including the capital build-up scheme of one percent and another percent service fee from the sales of each pig. Likewise, the HMFDC shall strictly impose policies in the implementation of the project.

During the turnover ceremony, Nazario Tuguinay of the Provincial Agriculturist Office stressed it is their obligation as recipients to take care of the project and make it sustainable.

“They have required us to comply with a lot of documents before we acquired the funds for this project and each of us have responsibilities and obligations to fulfill,” said Tuguinay.

Meanwhile, the supplier of the piglets committed to conduct regular visits to monitor the needs of the piglets.

With a counterpart from the cooperative (in-kind) amounting to more than P300,000, the livelihood project on swine raising costs P1,138,000 shared by the World Bank (80%), the Government of the Philippines (20%), and the provincial government (20%).

By ELVY TAQUIO

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