Duck raising booms in Rizal town
by Larry Lopez
RIZAL, Kalinga (13 April) -- Duck raising, an emerging industry in this town is becoming a lucrative source of income for about 3,000 poor families.
Launched two years ago by Rizal Mayor Marcelo de la Cruz, the project started with the distribution of 10 heads of ducks to each family to raise. Now, every household claims to be raising at least 200 heads of ducks. A duck sells at P200-250 per head.
Ducks, which have become a favorite menu here, known as pinikpikan, used to be an unconventional food to lowland settlers in Rizal.
Pinikpikan, introduced by early settlers in the place who came from Mt. Province, is a native style of preparing a delicacy by slowly beating a live duck to death and burning its feathers in the process.
Duck meat with coagulated blood and cooked with still some burned feathers gives a distinct savour well cued to the Cordilleran tongue. It is even served better if spiced with etag or dried salted pork.
Pinikpikan has also found favor to the taste of lowlanders in the place, hence demand for ducks has soared up among residents here.
For small family affairs, ducks could provide well as preference for menus.
Duck raising gained demand out of the natural clamor among residents and is now becoming a major source of livelihood. This also gave birth to the town’s new tradition of celebrating the Pinikpikan Festival last March 24. (PIA Kalinga) [top]