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Beekeeping in the Philippines – Apis Mellifera Farming

Beekeeping in the Philippines – Apis Mellifera Farming

Food & Feed Business, Livestock
Beekeeping in the Philippines is one of the emerging agricultural activities that can provide sustainable income to many Filipino farmers. This article will discuss beekeeping, how to do it, its profitability, and sustainability. Although there are seven species of honeybees that are widely farmed around the world, this article focuses only on the three widely domesticated honeybees. The Apis Mellifera (European honey bee), which is the number one farmed bee in the world, Apis Cerana (Asiatic honey bee) or Laywan or Ligwan in Tagalog, and Apis Dorsata ( giant honey bee) or Pukyutan in Tagalog and Putyukan in Hiligaynon/Ilonggo. This article does not apply to stingless bees (Trigona, Tagalog - Lukot, Hiligaynon - Libog )which we covered in a different article. Beekeeping in the Philippines...
Feed Milling Business: From Sugar Slavery to Success

Feed Milling Business: From Sugar Slavery to Success

Agriculture, Food & Feed Business, Livestock, Poultry
When we hear about the feed milling business, we always think of those large structures with large silos and tanks that needs hundreds of millions, if not billions of pesos to set up. This is not the case with the man who was enslaved by sugar barons for most of his life. Oscar “Oca” Latorgo is a third-generation sugarcane worker who spends most of his teenage and adult life working in the sugarcane fields in his native town, Binalbagan, Negros Occidental, Philippines. As a former Sakada, he’d been doing back-breaking jobs all over Negros cutting and loading sugarcane on trucks. His life turned 360 degrees though when he received his 2.8 hectares of land through Comprehensive Agrarian Reform (CARP) in 2013, followed by the return of his oldest son during the pandemic in early 2020. ...
Philippine Fattening Pig Farming Guide

Philippine Fattening Pig Farming Guide

Livestock
Despite being a very intelligent and docile animals, most pigs are raised for human consumption due to the high nutritional quality of their meat. However, they require some care in their upbringing, feeding, etc., which of course I will tell you below. Pork remains the favorite red meat by Filipinos due to the high cost of beef. Raising pigs in the Philippines remains the number one extra income maker for many Filipinos living in rural areas and in this article, we are going to discuss the proper way how to raise pigs even in your backyard. Raising pigs in the Philippines Pork is one of the most important meat alongside chicken and beef in the Philippines and pig farming is highly profitable. Whether you are raising fattening or producing piglets, pig farming is a big deal especially...
Cattle Farming in the Philippines Guide

Cattle Farming in the Philippines Guide

Livestock
Cattle are domesticated bovine farm animals that are raised for their meat, milk, or hides or for draft purposes. Cattle, simply called "cow" in the Philippines, is a profitable business if you are practicing a pa-ewi system (letting others take care of and grow your animals). A friend's father in San Juan, Batangas, has around  60 heads of cattle distributed to 46 people as a sideline business. he is a retired teacher and runs a frozen food business so he is not selling his cattle but slaughtering them and turn into processed meat. Cattle are considered ruminant. A ruminant is an animal that has the capacity to swallow its food until it reaches the stomach and this food returns to the mouth for a second time chewing. Not all cattle breeds will thrive in the Philippines. Temperate...
20 of the Most Profitable Animals to Grow in the Philippines

20 of the Most Profitable Animals to Grow in the Philippines

Fishery, Livestock, Poultry
Animal domestication in the Philippines for profit is among the top industries ever since the country was colonized by the Spaniards more than 500 years ago. Animal husbandry and livestock farming are one of the most profitable farm businesses that can even be done in a small backyard without the need for large financial capital. Backyard animal farming in the Philippines contributes bigger than commercial farms. In fact, of the total swine population, 72.1% were raised in backyard farms while the remaining 27.9% were from commercial farms. For poultry production, the Philippine broiler industry is composed of 20% backyard (fewer than 1,000 birds) and 80% commercial farms. There are reportedly 588 registered poultry farms and approximately 175 meat processors located throughout the coun...
Top 10 Pork Producing Provinces in the Philippines

Top 10 Pork Producing Provinces in the Philippines

Livestock
While Filipinos love to eat pork, the Philippines is sitting number eight on the list of top pork-producing countries as of 2019 with more than 1.5 million metric tons of production. Although big commercial farms dominate hog production in the country, thousands of people grow hogs in their backyard as an additional income. The following is the list of the top 10 hog-producing provinces in the country, and some hog and pork dealers by province. Some of the biggest piggeries and pig farms are also found in the following provinces. 1. Bulacan Bulacan is number one in producing quality pork. The biggest hog farms and piggeries in the country are found in Bulacan, and hog production is one of the province’s top-earning industries. Some hog and meat suppliers and dealers in Bulacan i...
A Successful Frozen Food Business in the Philippines

A Successful Frozen Food Business in the Philippines

Livestock, Poultry
The frozen food business is one of the most profitable small-scale businesses in the Philippines and can be sustainable if properly managed. Roberto Escapalao of Silay City, Negros Occidental has been raising pigs and chickens for almost a decade as his main source of income, and the rising cost of feeds highly affected his livelihood. Ever since COVID-19 hit the country 2 years ago, he barely makes a living. When his oldest son, who worked in a frozen food processing company in Malvar, Batangas, returned home, everything changed. Roberto was selling live animals to a local slaughterhouse for more than nine years. Animal farmers like him who sell live animals often make a little money compared to the people who bought, butcher and sell the animals. This has been happening everywhere ...