By Maya M. Padillo
Poultry farms in the districts of Calinan and Tugbok are facing closure due to sanitation problems, lawyer Lalaine dela Victoria of the Davao Poultry and Egg Producers Inc. said.
Victoria said City Health Office head, Dr. Josephine Villafuerte has called the attention of the concerned poultry farm operators informing them on the possibility of shutting their farms down due to the flies and odor.
In order to keep their farms, the organization composed of poultry growers is eyeing to build a facility in Marilog to serve as processing plant for the dung into organic fertilizer. The facility would cost about P7 million.
She said the organization will raise funds for the construction of the said facility while the Department of Agriculture (DA) will provide the land.
“The reason why there are flies and odor is because the collection of dung from the farms are being bought by the buyers of the dung and sometimes being transported in an open truck so the flies go with the dung,” she said.
Dela Victoria said when the dung (manure) reaches its destination the buyers just bring down the dung and exposed it to the sun and rain that eventually becomes the breeding ground of the flies.
“The dung creates odor because it has ammonia that becomes the problem of the community,” she added.
Dela Victoria said what the association wants to do now is to immediately remove the dung from the farm during harvest time and put it a closed truck then transport it to the compost processing facility.
There are about 60 growers in Davao City. Of the number, 50 percent are small growers (10,000 to 50,000 bird capacity) and 50 percent are big growers (200,000 to 300,000 bird capacity).
Dela Victoria said small growers are engaged in conventional type while big growers operate ventilated poultry farms that can house 40,000 birds.
Of the 60 growers, 25 are members of the association.
Dela Victoria said they are inviting other poultry owners to join their organization to avail of information on technologies and remedies.