A new breed of native chicken is now ready for commercialization and adoption.
ZamPen, named after its origin Zamboanga Peninsula, has been developed at the Western Mindanao State University (WMSU). It went through a purification process to ensure that it is not a mongrel or a mix of different breeding lines and a decade of research went with its development.
Approximately P26 million was needed to fund the research with the Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquatic and Natural Resources Research and Development (PCAARRD) as its main benefactor.
No less than Mayor Ma. Isabel Climaco-Salazar of Zamboanga City led the promotion of its breeding, attesting to the delicious taste of ZamPen. She also said that funding is ready for 12 organizations to raise the breed.
WMSU will share the technology to farmers and entrepreneurs who will invest land and money to breed ZamPen. But those who will adopt the breed need to follow protocols and avoid mixing ZamPen with other bloodlines.
The university sells the pullets (mature females ready to lay) for P400 each and roosters (ready to breed) for P500 each.
An estimated initial capital of P94,000 is required to raise 1,000 chicks with a positive net income of P23,000 expected on the third month.
Pure ZamPen native chickens have uniform physical characteristics and grow faster compared to other native chickens. They have high production performance and consistent quality with up to 40 percent increase in egg production.