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You will pick up practical farming techniques if you join the AANI Farm Tour on Sunday, January 31, which will visit the feed mill and experimental farm of Agrichexers in sta. Maria, Bulacan.

The experimental farm is where the products of the feedmill are tested  for their efficiency not only in promoting animal growth but also in cutting cost of production.

For instance, if you are a broiler raiser, whether backyard or commercial, you might like to adopt their practice of incorporating Noni juice in the drinking water of the birds. That’s their way of preventing respiratory and other diseases in chickens.

  • QUAIL RAISING – Participants in the AANI Farm Tour that will visit the Agrichexers experimental farm in Sta. Maria, Bulacan on Sunday, January 31, will be able to see how simple is the housing for quails. The cages are multi-tiered so that thousands of birds can be raised in a small space. The trick is to feed the birds with premium feeds that will result in bigger eggs with stronger shell.  Agrichexers manufactures quail feeds at the rate of a thousand tons every month so that about 1.6 million quails are being fed every day.

    QUAIL RAISING – Participants in the AANI Farm Tour that will visit the Agrichexers experimental farm in Sta. Maria, Bulacan on Sunday, January 31, will be able to see how simple is the housing for quails. The cages are multi-tiered so that thousands of birds can be raised in a small space. The trick is to feed the birds with premium feeds that will result in bigger eggs with stronger shell. Agrichexers manufactures quail feeds at the rate of a thousand tons every month so that about 1.6 million quails are being fed every day.

  • MINI MAKOPA FOR THE URBAN GARDENER – You can grow your favorite fruit tree even if you live in the urban area where space is usually limited. This can be done by growing grafted or marcotted trees in rubberized containers just like the one in photo. The trick is to adequately fertilize the tree so that it will thrive and produce a lot of fruits. Organic as well as chemical fertilizers may be used but not excessively.

    MINI MAKOPA FOR THE URBAN GARDENER – You can grow your favorite fruit tree even if you live in the urban area where space is usually limited. This can be done by growing grafted or marcotted trees in rubberized containers just like the one in photo. The trick is to adequately fertilize the tree so that it will thrive and produce a lot of fruits. Organic as well as chemical fertilizers may be used but not excessively.

  • EARLY WEANING TECHNIQUE – At Agrichexers experimental farm, piglets are weaned as early as 17 days from birth. The piglets are given proper nutrition so that they grow fast and healthy despite their early weaning from their mother. This technique also gives the mother pig to recover earlier and be bred again earlier. The farm will be visited by the AANI Farm Tour on Sunday, January 31. Photo shows Gil SP Garcia with the 17-day old piglets that were early-weaned.

    EARLY WEANING TECHNIQUE – At Agrichexers experimental farm, piglets are weaned as early as 17 days from birth. The piglets are given proper nutrition so that they grow fast and healthy despite their early weaning from their mother. This technique also gives the mother pig to recover earlier and be bred again earlier. The farm will be visited by the AANI Farm Tour on Sunday, January 31. Photo shows Gil SP Garcia with the 17-day old piglets that were early-weaned.

  • QUEEN  OF FLOWERING TREES IN SEASON – Once again, the Queen of Flowering Trees botanically known as Amherstia nobilis is in season in Teresa, Rizal. This is an old but rare flowering tree, said to be a native of Burma, now Myanmar. It produces attractive  pendulous pink flowers that are a sight to see. This tree is found in only few places because it does not normally produce seeds for planting. It was once treated with hormone in UP Los Baños and beautiful pink pods produced some seeds but no other subsequent attempt to make the tree produce seeds was made. Success in marcotting the branches is not common.

    QUEEN OF FLOWERING TREES IN SEASON – Once again, the Queen of Flowering Trees botanically known as Amherstia nobilis is in season in Teresa, Rizal. This is an old but rare flowering tree, said to be a native of Burma, now Myanmar. It produces attractive pendulous pink flowers that are a sight to see. This tree is found in only few places because it does not normally produce seeds for planting. It was once treated with hormone in UP Los Baños and beautiful pink pods produced some seeds but no other subsequent attempt to make the tree produce seeds was made. Success in marcotting the branches is not common.

  • PUMMELO IN A CONTAINER – Pummelo is one of the fruit trees that you can grow in a container.  For as long as it is provided with a growing medium that is rich in organic matter and easily drained, it will produce  full-sized fruits. What is important is to place the plant in full sun so it will be sturdy. Other fruit trees that can be grown similarly are balimbing, chico, makopa, abiu, Perante orange, lemon, calamansi and many others.

    PUMMELO IN A CONTAINER – Pummelo is one of the fruit trees that you can grow in a container. For as long as it is provided with a growing medium that is rich in organic matter and easily drained, it will produce full-sized fruits. What is important is to place the plant in full sun so it will be sturdy. Other fruit trees that can be grown similarly are balimbing, chico, makopa, abiu, Perante orange, lemon, calamansi and many others.

You might also want to copy their practice of supplementing their commercial feeds for pigs and chickens with Azolla. This is a water plant that multiplies fast and is relished by pigs and free-range chickens.

Gil Garcia, the president of Agrichexers, is very proud of their premium hog feed which results in high quality meat that is well liked by market retailers and viajeros. The slaughter pigs produced have thin backfat and the color of the meat is well pronounced, not pale.

Bright ideas in quail raising can be picked up from the experts of Agrichexers. They have now designed a model for small scale quail raising in the urban areas. A double deck cage that can accommodate 40 layers can produce more eggs than the ordinary family will need for their daily meals. They can sell some of what  they collect to pay for the feeds they buy.

Agrichexers is about the biggest manufacturer of quail feeds. Gil Garcia is very proud to claim that the users of their quail feeds produce bigger eggs with better shell quality. They are selling 1,000 tons of quail feeds a month, which means that at any given day, some 1.6 million quails are consuming Agrichexers feed at 23 grams per bird.

Agrichexers has also introduced an automatic drinker for quails. This makes providing drinking water to the quails more hygienic and with much less labor. This is because, there is no need to wash the drinkers every day. The birds learn to drink from the nipple which flows directly from an overhead tank. No water is wasted, and the drinking water is not polluted by feed droppings.

Another important lesson can be had in raising hogs in pens that are floored with a mixture of rice hull and carbonized rice hull. Under this system, the pigs are restful and comfortable in the soft bed of rice hull and carbonized rice hull. There is no need to bathe the animals nor to wash the pens. The foul odor often associated with piggeries is eliminated by the use of effective microorganisms.

The company’s affiliated cooperative has also launched a program to help small scale pig farmers to raise fatteners or to produce weanlings for sale.

Under the scheme, the co-op advances the piglets and the feeds. All the farmer has to provide is the housing, his labor, water and electricity. After the slaughter pig is sold, the value of the piglet and feeds consumed by each pig are deducted from the proceeds of the sale. Out of the remainder, 60 percent goes to the farmer-grower while the 40 percent goes to the cooperative.

This is one way of helping the small farmers who don’t have the capital to fully finance their piggery projects.

A similar program has also been launched for people who want to raise broilers. They are given the day-old chicks and the feeds. After selling the fowls and deducting the expenses, the remainder is shared by the grower and the co-op, with the co-op getting 40 percent and the raiser 60 percent.

Those interested to join the AANI Farm Tour may contact Jocelyn Mahipus at 0932-442-5025 or you can go direct to the AANI office at the Quezon Memorial Circle in Quezon City.