VIC YASIS who passed away last year was a regular attendee of the weekly Agri-Kapihan at the defunct Manila Seedling Bank in Quezon City which we started in 1986. We remember him most for his farming and marketing ideas that he shared with his fellow habitues. Aside from his farming ideas, he also shared generously the products from his farm.
Many of the attendees were always looking forward to the Agri-Kapihan anniversary every August and the Christmas Party in December. Why? Because during such occasions, he never failed to bring as many as a thousand baluts for the attendees to enjoy eating and even bringing home some. The celebrations were potluck style and everybody brought something to share with the other attendees.
Vic used to make 400,000 baluts a month which he distributed through his market outlets in Metro Manila. Oh yes, he owned several market stalls that were managed individually by people he trusted very much. One time, he related that a “big” buyer approached him saying he could buy 50,000 baluts a month.
To our thinking that would have been a big deal. Did Vic grab it? No he didn’t. Instead, Vic told the fellow to buy from his distributors. He explained that if he accepted the offer, it meant he would have to invest in new facilities. Suppose the fellow was just a one-time buyer? Vic would be saddled with excess production later that could not be readily absorbed by the market. So it would be a big hedache for him.
Vic was also an advocate of quantity control aside from quality control. In his quail project, for instance, he limited his production to 4,000 eggs a day because that was what his outlets can absorb. Sometimes it is better to produce a little below the demand because the traders will not bargain, he explained. And they will buy even what are considered “rejects”.
Vic was likewise one fellow who did not procrastinate. One time, he and his cousin bought their own farmlands at the same time. Right away, Vic started planting fruit trees and vegetables, and also constructed a pond for growing tilapia. After just a few years, he invited us to have picnic in his farm where he served fresh vegetables, grilled tilapia, native chicken tinola, and lechon too that were all produced on his farm.
His cousin was also there. He didn’t say any word but we could just imagine how regretful he was because unlike Vic, he had not developed his farm until then.