NegOcc hog raisers get livelihood boost

first_imgBACOLOD City – Hog raisers in Negros Occidental got a livelihood boostthrough projects funded by the provincial government and were inaugurated in theprovince’s two northern localities. The Provincial Veterinary Office (PVO),through the Provincial Genetic Improvement Project, aims to provide qualitybreeding materials through the distribution of quality genetics within thereach of backyard raisers. Gov. Eugenio Jose Lacson said thefacility will be used to improve livestock quality and increase theproductivity of swine raisers in the third district of the province. The association, headed by presidentWilly Lee, will manage the project and the members will sell their products atthe meat shop to generate more income. “I hope the project will grow and youwill continue to produce, and sell clean, safe and affordable meat,” he added. The first project is the P1.045-millionSwine Artificial Insemination Laboratory Center in Barangay Gahit, E.B.Magalona town. The PVO is closely working with theAlliance of Hog Raisers Associations of Negros, which has 15,000 individualmembers from various towns and cities in the province. With the use of AI, raisers can producemore sows compared to natural mating, prevent the transfer of diseases betweenswine, and benefit from cost-efficiency in terms of food ratio. Through this, the province can producegenetically-improved livestock with quality breeding materials, he added. Lacson urged the members to worktogether to make the project successful. Dr. Ruffa Mae Gersaniva, districtveterinarian, said producing genetically-improved livestock is a response tothe challenge faced by the hog industry amid the threat of African swine feverand the high cost of feeds and raw materials. In neighboring Victorias City, Lacsonalso led the unveiling of the Victorias Integrated Livestock RaisersAssociation Meat Shop and Processing Center in Barangay III. Negros Occidental, the Philippines’ topbackyard swine producer, has a P6-billion hog industry. (With a report from PNA/PN)last_img

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *