Posted on April 27th, 2009
Martin Ozaeta, 42, a BatangueÃ±o from Lumil, San Jose learned all about the intricacies of poultry and egg business from his in-laws, Mr. and Mrs. Rolando Virtusio who first ventured into the business. Now that he is managing his own business, Martin makes sure that he attends to his farmâ€™s needs personally.
Through the years, Martin has learned and experienced a number of factors that pose health risks to the chicken, which could lead to infertility or even death. Aside from the problem with the chickenâ€™s welfare, he is very much aware of the presence of hindrances in business. And these he experienced especially when he was just starting. The most difficult problem he encountered, according to him, is maintaining a steady cash flow.
In spite of the viability of his business, he is aware of the factors that affect it like fluctuations in the demand and supply situation. Christmas season would always bring them great demands for eggs, while vacation time would be the lean season for them.
When it come to cash or capital concerns, Martin runs to a number of lending companies, and also relies on government progrmas, including those of the Department of Agriculture (DA), which he is very much thankful for. Martin said that he was able to expand when he availed of the loan from ACEF.
ACEF or Agricultural Competitiveness Enhancement Fund was created by Republic Act 8178 or the Agricultural Tarriffication Act of 1996. This is a special purpose fund specifically intended to finance projects and activities to enhance the agriculture and fisheries sectors. It provides financial support to farmers and fisherfolks, cooperatives and agribusiness entrepreneurs in order for them to expand their operate and compte in the domesic and global markets.
Martin also has DA to thank because of its marketing assistance program called Bagsakan Center, where he is assured of a ready market for his produce in Marikina and Quezon City.
Now Martinâ€™s company GEMSUN, has redesigned it building to an AV-type to adapt to the changing environment and climate. He is also adding an automatic drinking apparatus for easier management. He is also employing modern equipments like generators, egg-grading machines, and sprayers to ensure the safe and high quality production of eggs.
His poultry farm stands on a two-hectare lot along Recto Ave. in San Jose, Batangas , and has provided financial stability for his family, as well as to some 55 neighbors who work for them as farm laborers.