To help establish an economy self-sufficient in poultry, drives young lady to engage in agribusiness

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Created on Thursday, 05 May 2022

Kay Ann Maningo, 25 years old, envisions herself taking part in helping the province of Siquijor become a poultry meat sufficient island in the coming years. Based on the Department of Agriculture data in 2021, the province of Siquijor has a sufficiency level of 89.27 for chicken.

The less than 100 percent sufficiency level of chicken could further be affected by the ban on poultry products due to avian influenza and H5N1 outbreaks in Central Luzon which may be impacted by a standing restriction of movement imposed by other regions and provinces.

 

After observing that the province is still sourcing its poultry meat outside of Siquijor, Kay thought of her role as a private initiator of a poultry meat and egg secure province that could provide future supply imbalance.

After winning the provincial competition of the Young Farmer Challenge in 2021 with a prize of P50T from the Department of Agriculture Regional Field Office 7, she invested in raising 120 heads of Rhode Island Red chickens and named it the Sardam Farm. After six months, Kay managed to increase the poultry population to 130 with few mortalities. She believes in the potential of the business knowing that only a few folks are raising the breed on the island.

As an agriculture graduate, it wasn’t hard for her to multiply the population of her initial stocks. Kay Ann’s motivation was the poultry visit with Rhode Island chicken. The enormous size of the eggs made her contemplate establishing her poultry with the same breed.

After a few months, she won the Agribusiness Plan Pitching competition of the Agricultural Training Institute where she won P350T. She utilized the prize to expand her farm, and buy an incubator and other farm supplies.

The Sardam farm likewise houses turkey which currently sells at P300 per kilo and accommodates walk-in buyers. Kay expressed her desire of partnering with interested entrepreneurs to boost her business.

Kay Ann now urges the youth to engage in agribusiness as it not only helps one make financially stable but also help shapes the agricultural economy of the province where they belong.

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