A father’s dream made real:
OrganiKo is an establishment that applies the concept of growing crops and poultry using non-synthetic materials. It envisions its next step to include duck raising to produce balut, penoy, and salted eggs, as well as to become an experiential tourist destination and learning spot for agriculture students and enthusiasts.
A father’s dream
Francis Joseph C. Perdigon is a 21-year-old agripreneur and the son of a retired colonel. Perdigon has been wholeheartedly living his father’s dream—to become an agriculturist.
Following in his father’s footsteps, he took up BS Agriculture major in Crop Science to widen his knowledge and understanding on organic farming. He grew up witnessing his father’s enthusiasm in growing non-synthetic products to promote a greener world.
The road less traveled
Perdigon describes his life as something that is quite non-dramatic. His youth was simply filled with memories of his parents taking good care of him and him trying various ways to produce goods naturally.
“I have not experienced any struggles growing up. But then again, I was just a student,” said Perdigon.
Being a young-minded adult with a vision of becoming like his father—a man with a dream and the will to breathe life into it—made Perdigon choose to take more action, even if it meant facing and overcoming some obstacles along the way. He wanted to make the organic farm more profitable.
Leap of faith through YFCF
Perdigon submitted his “Duck Raising for Balut, Penoy and Salted Egg Production Project” project as his entry to the Young Farmers Challenge Fund (YFCF) Program of the Department of Agriculture (DA). He, along with two more youth agribusinesses, represented the Caraga Administrative Region as the Regional Level Competition awardee.
“It was a great opportunity given by the DA that I could continue my business. The grant is really a big help,” said the young Perdigon after being one of the recipients of the special fund grant.
With the help of the YFCF grant, he was able to purchase a water tank for his agribusiness. He also procured materials for the housing platform, incubator, and duck feeds. The business may still be in its growing stages, but it is definitely progressing.
The next gold, duck raising
OrganiKo aims to expand its scale to provide organic products and services, as well as to offer more livelihood and income to people who want to sell balut, penoy, and salted eggs. The proponent himself has been seeking opportunities to sell his products, entice customers and retailers, and expand the agribusiness by buying more ducks to strengthen the cycle of the business.
Perdigon is currently in constant coordination with the Department of Agriculture’s Agribusiness and Marketing Assistance Division to provide updates regarding his business progress. ###