Goats farming business is very popular among Filipinos because they require low capital investment, fit the small hold farm condition, and multiply fast. Culturally, goats are integral to every special occasion such as birthdays, baptisms, weddings, and fiestas. Hence, they command a higher price compared with other meats in the market.
Goats require low maintenance because they eat tree leaves, weeds, grasses, and agricultural by- products. They are not only a source of protein for Filipinos, but they also provide the much- needed income. In fact, goats provide livelihood to about 15 million Filipinos across the country today.
As goat production requires low initial investment and small risks compared to other livestock species, it is thus an attractive undertaking among resource- poor families. Moreover, women and children can raise the species, making it a sound option to augment the country’s programs on livelihood.
At the moment, there is an increase in demand for goats. Although total goat inventory in the country is steadily increasing at 2% per year, still there is not enough supply to meet current demands. It is expected that this increased demand will last to 2020, the year when supply is projected to meet demand.
Considering these, goat production is indeed a promising venture and anyone interested to go into this business is expected to reap positive rewards.
About the Speaker:
Mr. Soliman Alaer Villamin Jr.
Soliman Alaer Villamin Jr. popularly known as “Dexter”, is an Overseas Filipino Worker (OFW) who has been in the culinary industry for 12 years working as Executive Pastry Chef in five star hotels in the Philippines and in Thailand. Apart from his very successful career as a chef, winning multiple awards and recognitions in the international culinary scene, he has worked also as a national sales manager and corporate pastry chef for foodservice segment in a very reputable company in Thailand which manufactures and import dairy and meat products. In his tenure in the food supply chain industry equipped with his expertise in food and its handling, Chef Dexter has progressed to learn more about the food supply business that eventually lead him to set up his own company Goodserve Trading Company Limited Thailand. He has travelled to Europe, in many parts of Asia and middle east in search of products that can be marketed in Thailand.
Currently, Mr. Dexter is working to support the development of Philippines products thru his private initiative as he believes that Filipino people and their agricultural produce are at par if not better that the rest of the world. Dexter Villamin is also the current CEO of DV Boer Farm.