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Create your own source of income

Posted in Agriculture, Livelihood, Personal Finance by Erineus on February 3, 2009

In these times of economic turmoil, when employees are being retrenched left and right, you have to be creative to be able to create your own source of income. No matter how small the project may be in the beginning, it is worth starting. Who knows, it could be the start of something big and profitable.

In the case of Henry Anunciacion, a member of the municipal council of Sinait, Ilocos Sur, he observed that many farm families have been getting interested in growing free-range chickens, thanks to a program initiated by Gov. D.V. Savellano. The governor has been dispersing free-range chickens since last year to all the more than 760 barangays of the province.

As could be expected, only a few families in each barangay could become recipients of the chickens which have to be paid back by returning eight full-grown birds after they have become marketable. With the initial success of the dispersal program, and with the recipients making a good profit, more and more families have also become interested in raising Sunshine chickens, an imported breed which grows fast and which is said to taste like the native chicken.

Henry saw a niche market that he could serve. He knows that many of the farm families will not be able to properly take care of the day-old chicks if that were sold to them. So he thought of buying day-old chicks and brood them to a size that is ready to be released in the farmers’ yards. By that time they would have become very sturdy and mortality would be very nil.

Now he is making good business raising ready-to-range chickens, selling them at P60 per bird that he originally purchased for P35 when they were day-old. He knows how to brood the chicks properly. After all, he was once enrolled in a course in veterinary medicine.

Author: By Zac B. Sarian
Source: http://www.mb.com.ph/AGRI20090203146964.html

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