In Photo-Bangsamoro Farmer-graduates listen to one of the speakers during their graduation from Free-Range Halal Chicken Production Techniques at Kayaga, Kabacan, North Cotabato

Bangsamoro Community produces Free-Range Halal Chickens

Kabacan, Cotabato-The Agricultural Training Institute, Regional Office XII conducted a season-long training activity on Farmers’ Poultry School on Free-Range Halal Chicken Production Techniques in Cooperation with the Community Halal Producers Cooperative from June 19 to October 24, 2018, at Princetown Learning Center, Barangay Kayaga, Kabacan, North Cotabato.

The farmers’ poultry school on free-range halal chicken production is a vital activity for the raisers to improve their productivity and sustainability since proven and matured technologies are on hand. It is a group-based learning process that encourages the farmers to manage their farm using different technologies options that fits their farms’ conditions and locations. 

It aims to demonstrate detailed activities in halal chicken production showing alternative practices other than traditional way of raising chickens.

About thirty (30) farmer-graduates involved and capacitated through enhancing their knowledge, attitudes and skills in various aspects of free-range halal chicken production. A combination of demonstration, lecture-discussions, benchmarking and actual participation of farmers were the methodology used in the training course.

Among the visitors who attended were Lorna Mapanao, OIC-MAO Kabacan and Mark Nikko Mangusay of DTI-Kabacan Negosyo Center.

Regional Center Director Abdul I. Daya-an, ATI XII graced the Farmers’ Graduation Day with the theme: “Tangkilikin Ang Sariling Atin, Maging Produktibo ang Ating Buhay”. 

He congratulates the farmer-graduates who are all members of the cooperative headed by its founding chairman. He emphasized that knowledge and skills gained in the training must apply what they learned in their actual poultry farming respectively. 

The free-range halal chicken is a promising social enterprise of the Bangsamoro people that contribute for the poverty alleviation program of the government in promoting and adopting   halal production of more meat and eggs that are safe and healthy. It is a production system wherein the birds are raised in a stress-free environment where they are allowed constant access to outdoors to have a natural diet of grains, forages and insects and have plenty of fresh air and sunlight.

The Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL) is a kind of ‘halal government’ with the Bangsamoro people and the other inhabitants in Mindanao has high hope to pursue free education for all and enjoying peaceful community for better living condition.  Dir. Daya-an said.   

Gerry Pagarigan, DVM, Program Manager handed over the Automatic Incubation Machine to the Cooperator including an initial stock given to the individual farmer-graduates under the Kabuhayan at Kaunlaran ng Kababayang Katutubo (4Ks) Project, and the Department of Agriculture – Special Area for Agricultural Development (DA-SAAD) Program.

“HALAL means SUTI in Maguindanaon dialect which stands for: Healthy, Advocacy, Lifestyle, Acceptable, Livelihood”