A collaborative project between the Western Mindanao State University (WMSU) and San Ramon Prison and Penal Farm entitled “Evaluation of the Sustainability and Profitability of ZamPen Native Chicken Production as a Source of Livelihood in Rural Communities” aced among the other top two qualifiers in the Development Category during the National Symposium on Agriculture, Aquatic and Natural Resources Research and Development (NSAARRD) held last June 20, 2018 at the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC).
The project, led by Western Mindanao Agriculture, Aquatic and Natural Resources Research and Development Consortium (WESMAARRDEC) Director and WMSU Vice President for Resource Generation Dr. Teresita A. Narvaez, is a Science and Technology project of purified Joloano strain chicken validated for its breeding efficiency, production performance and economic viability at the Penal Farm.
The results of the study showed that the average weight, percent viability, hen-day and hen-housed egg are higher compared to WMSU breeding station with 80% fertility and hatchability, and 90% survival rate. The profitability is higher by 26% on hardened chicks and 86% on slaughtered chicken. “The good performance was due to the supplementation of more than 50% local feeds produced by the inmates,” says Dr. Narvaez.
More than just a research study, the project served as a rehabilitation for the inmates who became productive while serving their sentence. These inmates now earn monthly income from the project and raise home breeder stocks in preparation for their release from prison.
The joint project has produced 2, 033 hardened chicks sold to nine farmer cooperators throughout the region. These farmers are now supplying quality breeder stocks to hundreds of raisers and slaughtered chicken to the market.
The results of the study paved the way for it to win first place during the NSAARRD evaluation in the national development competition with a cash prize of P150, 000.00. The two other studies that made it to the top three are as follows: (2nd with a cash prize of P125, 000.00) “Enhancing Soybean Productivity and Local Availability in Region 2” by Rose Mary G. Aquino, (3rd with a cash prize of P100, 000.00) “Farm-based promotion of alternative management options and farm recording” by Dr. Patricia M. Barcelo, Juvidel Jaye P. Castillo, Neal del Rosario, Rolando Hipe, Reynaldo T. Intong, and Nathaniel Naanep. (ED Cruz-PAO, WMSU)