September 2, 2014
Mr. Carlos Gramonte is a keen advocate of natural farming. Together with his son, Joselito, they run a 2.5-hectare farm in San Lorenzo, Bibincahan, Sorsogon. The farm is the product of their passion in natural farming, in which they have religiously employed natural farming methods that they have learned through the many seminars they have attended. The farm is host to a wide variety of animals including pigs, goats, chickens, turkeys, and wild boars – all of them grown harmoniously using integrated natural farming techniques.
Mr. Gramonte has been using Feedpro in his farm since 2010. His commitment to his natural piggery and the farm has helped to provide the family income – helping his children finish their education. Today, he has four “Babuyang Walang Amoy” pens, all using simple materials. The pens all hold about 32 piglets, with provisions for 12 sows, and 2 boars. Mr. Gramonte is happy that he is able to sustain the pens, still keeping them odor-free and intact through proper management.
To get the most out of his piggery and the entire farm, Mr. Gramonte uses integrated natural farming techniques. One particular technique is how he uses worn rice hull from the pens for vermiculture in order to produce organic fertilizer for his plants. Vermiculture is the process wherein worms, such as the African Night Crawler, are farmed to produce vermicompost, which is a nutrient-rich fertilizer and soil conditioner. Hog manure from the Babuyang Walang Amoy is gathered and used to culture the worms.
Another technique he does with the worn rice hull is to dry the rice hull and sprinkle lactic acid bacteria (or Probiotics) on it, which he makes on his own by fermenting rice bran. The worn rice hull is left to dry and decompose for up to three growing cycles (up to 12 months) before he re-uses them as piggery beddings. Mr. Gramonte is able to save a little by recycling his worn rice hull. If he needs extra bedding, he also opts to use lumber or coconut husk fiber, which according to him is a good alternative to rice hull.
Recycling rice hull is one way to increase the productivity of your farm and to save further on costs. There are also many other natural or organic techniques that are available, which you can always incorporate to your Babuyang Walang Amoy. It is important to study those techniques and try them out, until you find the most suitable techniques for your integrated natural farm.
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