Vanapa Village Chicken Farming

The local villagers in Vanapa, Central Province are trialling village chicken (VC) farming. The structured management practices of VC chicken farming is new to them, as prior to this new venture the VC were kept as pets which roamed freely. The owners of VC sold them when an opportunity arose, they rarely consumed eggs or meat.

With the support of the Brisbane based Kyeema Foundation, the villagers now have the opportunity to be trained in housing, feeding, egg management and basic market access knowledge. Participants from the Vanapa region are given an opportunity to breed and rear chickens in order to develop a sustainable farm with the potential to generate a sustainable personal income.

As the structured VC farming is a semi intensive concept, local subsistent farmers have had to adapt to keep up with PNG’s ever evolving agriculture sector. The concept of Village Chicken Farming is to use locally grown feed to raise chickens. The chickens are allowed to roam in managed perimeters of the farm during the day in order to scavenge and then return to sleep in specially built houses at night.

The local villagers who are taking part in this program have had to increase their garden plots to grow extra crops. This is to ensure there is enough food for both their families and livestock. The participants are growing a variety of short term crops including corn, pawpaw, egg plants, tomatoes and cabbages to blend with coconut, leucaena, moringa and and other local greens and starchy food. Using locally grown food and household scraps helps reduce the cost of livestock feeding, improves general nutrition for families and increases household income from selling surplus crops in local markets.

Land preparation

Grateful to have friends with machinery, Mr Oa Kaisa offered his New Holland TD5, 75 HP Tractor on mates rates to prepare the farm land. The land is prepared for planting corn to feed livestock as well as sell to Dairy farm and at general local markets in Port Moresby. A variety of crops will be planted between the corns for personal consumption.

Most PNG smallholder farmers have limited access to farm machinery due to very high costs, that goes for the implements as well. The fortunate Local farmer has to select multi purpose implements to keep the cost down.

Thank you Ova, you’re doing a great job 🙂

Thank you Solange Oa for the images