By Maya M. Padillo
An officer of the Davao Poultry and Egg Producers Inc. raised concern over the declining poultry industry caused by expansion of real estate development especially in the areas of Calinan and Tugbok where most of the farms are located.
Lawyer Lalaine dela Victoria said the industry players are doing their best to address the deficit but poultry farms were closed due to zoning changes.
“Most of the land developers go to Calinan and Tugbok area they are buying the lands around us so now if they are near our poultry we are being closed down because of that. Even if we want to solve the deficit we cannot because of the expansion problem regarding zoning,” she said.
Based on the 2016 statistics of Agriculture-Davao office, the production in Davao City alone is 32 million birds a year (broiler sector). By 2018 the deficit is expected at 20 million birds in Davao City.
Dela Victoria said the consumption is higher.
“For export Davao City has minimal contribution for export. Ang aming manok go to Cotabato province. As of now we are also producing for Cotabato region because there is no dressing plant so we provide them our broiler chickens,” she said.
She feared more poultry farms will be closed if there are more real estate expansions. She said poultry farmers are asking they should not be pushed out of Davao City whenever there are developments near them.
“Supposedly there is a plan wherein an agricultural community, the villages or commercial areas will be assigned in a certain zone or at least 200 meters from the highway. We comply on the 200-meter zone from the highway,” she said.
Dela Victoria said one solution is for the City Planning office to put into the geo map of Davao City the location of poultry farms. Dela Victoria said the City Council should now encourage that, instead of putting up socialize housing horizontally.
She said the group (Davao Poultry and Egg Production Inc) would want to establish a food corridor in the Calinan and Tugbok area.
“But of course you understand that we cannot do that alone. We have to get the permission of the city council for that to be established. Another big problem is most of the land developers are lobbying that those areas (Calinan and Tugbok) can be converted into residential areas,” she said.
There are about 60 growers in Davao City, wherein 50 percent are small growers (10,000 to 50,000 bird capacity), 50 percent big growers (200,000 to 300,00 bird capacity). Dela Victoria said small growers are into conventional type while big growers in into tunnel or ventilated poultry farms that can house 40,000 birds.