Backyard Piggery

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Backyard Piggery: Hungry piggies like kenaf leaves: Farmer likes profits!

Quezon, PhilippinesQuezon, Philippines
Year Founded:
Organization type: 
for profit
Project Stage:
$10,000 - $50,000
Project Summary
Elevator Pitch

Concise Summary: Help us pitch this solution! Provide an explanation within 3-4 short sentences.

Natural fiber production and meat production can be integrated in an environmentally green manner.
The leaves of the kenaf plant is a perfect fodder for raising animals, and the stalks of the plant can be used for natural fibers or a cooking fuel. Farm productivity is far higher this route.

WHAT IF - Inspiration: Write one sentence that describes a way that your project dares to ask, "WHAT IF?"

What if there was a crop that could increase a pig farmer's profits 100%? There is, it is called kenaf.
About Project

Problem: What problem is this project trying to address?

Attempts to encourage kenaf production for natural fiber production have been slow to catch on. In the Philippines, most large open fields are planted with rice. Kenaf is not going to displace rice. Therefore, a justification must be found to encourage small farmers with sloped lands to plant kenaf. A justification must be based upon no immediate customer for fiber. No one will build a processing factory to refine kenaf fibers unless there is a

Solution: What is the proposed solution? Please be specific!

My solution is to get farmers like myself to grow kenaf based upon the leaves. Kenaf leaves are high in protein. That means they make good fodder for hungry pigs. Raising my piglets on a mixture kenaf leaves and grain meal increases my gross profit 100%! I intend to raise 150 piglets per year. Overall profits are estimated to go up. 2,000 peso X 150 = 300,000 peso (About $6,750 USD) The kenaf stalks, are best used for natural fibers. However, until there is a large enough crop it will be difficult to find a market. Therefore, initially kenaf stalks will be used to replace charcoal for cooking fires. This will greatly reduce local pollution, save trees, and add secondary income to the farm.
Impact: How does it Work

Example: Walk us through a specific example(s) of how this solution makes a difference; include its primary activities.

Look what happens to the economics of my farm when I become a green farmer. 100% grain meal 60% meal 40% kenaf Sale 100 kilos @ 90 peso / kilo 9,000 peso Sale 100 kilos @ 90 peso / kilo 9,000 peso -Cost of meal 5,000 peso -Cost of meal 3,000 peso -Cost of piglet 2,000 peso -Cost of piglet 2,000 peso Gross profit per piglet = 2,000 peso Gross profit per piglet = 4,000 peso This is a 100% Increase in profit, BEFORE considering kenaf stalk sales as added sale.

Impact: What is the impact of the work to date? Also describe the projected future impact for the coming years.

Until now this is in the ideal stage. The primary impact has been to discover that it is possible to completely change the farm simply by adding kenaf as a crop planted between our existing coconut trees. We are excited about how it completely changes the economics of operation.

Spread Strategies: Moving forward, what are the main strategies for scaling impact?

Should other farmers copy what we do, it will greatly reduce the amount of valuable grain consumed to fatten pigs to market. All this extra grain represents food that could be consumed by humans instead of pigs. Therefore, shifting the pigs onto a mixture of natural leaves both lowers the cost of the meat overall, and increases the amount of grain available for humans. When there are enough farmers converted to this method we will have a large enough base of kenaf in production to solve both the problem of fuel for cooking fires and provide natural fiber production.

Marketplace: Who else is addressing the problem outlined here? How does the proposed project differ from these approaches?

Kenaf is grown mostly for the fiber only and the leaves are ignored. The greatest difference here is the leaves are used for meat production.

Founding Story

Like many farmers our family lands date far back in history and have been divided and divided each generation. We now have just 4.5 hectares of farm land. My brother tends the coconut trees, and I have been creating a pig farm.


The family: The Favila Brothers Outside volunteer consultant Philip Maise We plan to grow adding two more local workers to handle the kenaf production.
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