Press Release
August 16, 2016

Villar SIPAG trains 50 farmers on sustainable pig farming

In partnership with the Agricultural Training Institute (ATI) of the Department of Agriculture IV - A, Villar Social Institute for Poverty Alleviation and Governance (SIPAG) conducted a training program on sustainable pig farming.

Sen. Cynthia Villar, Villar SIPAG director, welcomed the 50 farmers from Parañaque, Las Pinas, Laguna, Cavite, Muntinlupa, and Rizal, who will be trained how to organically raise pigs from piglet to maturity.

"It has been proven that livestock raising provides farmers a year-round source of income that supplements their income from farm harvest. We partnered with experts so that our farmers will be trained on pig farming," Villar said.

Villar also noted that more than 65 per cent of hog raisers are backyard hog farmers. Many farmers go into hog-raising or pig farming because it only requires a small capital.

Participants will have a hands-on training on the sustainable way of preparing organic feeds for pigs.

Trainees will meet with ATI trainors every Tuesday for 20 weeks at the 7-hectare Villar SIPAG Farm School located at the boundary of Las Pinas and Bacoor City.

Since its opening in September 2015, the Villar SIPAG Farm School has given numerous trainings on vegetable production, mushroom production, livestock and poultry production, sweet corn production, orchid cultivation, bamboo propagation, cut flower production, and beekeeping to farmers around Metro Manila and surrounding provinces.

Last month, Villar SIPAG opened another farm school in San Jose del Monte City, Bulacan to cater to the training needs of farmers from Central Luzon.

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