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Capitol boosts livestock production with new 180 heads

| by: Xerxes Alkuino

Governor Hilario P. Davide III’s large animal dispersal program is seen to boost further the livestock production in Cebu.

At least 180 new heads of cattle (110), carabaos (60) and cows (10) were distributed to 32 local government units (LGUs) last month. The Provincial Veterinarian’s Office (PVO) will continue to disperse large animals next year.

Cebu currently ranks 3rd in the overall production of cattle in the country. It has produced 113,360 heads in the latest inventory of the Department of Agriculture (DA) this year.

Provincial Veterinarian Mary Rose Vincoy said Cebu claimed a higher ranking from 5th place in the previous years. It comes next to the provinces of Pangansinan (137,238 heads) and Batangas (133,150 heads). Bohol took 8th rank.

These figures are based on the Philippine Statistics Authority-Bureau of Agricultural Statistics presented in the DA’s national livestock program year-end assessment at Cebu Business Hotel last week.

In goat production, Cebu remains to be the top producing province in the entire country in the last five years.

Vincoy said that the large animal distribution gave the farmers a “chance for the farmers to own large animals free of charge and increase their income.”

She stated that they also include carabaos in the distribution to also increase its population. Cebu only ranked 20th in the carabao production.

The Capitol under Davide’s administration also wants to beef up the number of dairy farmers in the province.

In an earlier statement, Davide said he wanted the local suppliers of milk to meet the demand of every Cebuano.

Last March, the PVO also distributed 85 large animals to the 16 typhoon-affected local government units in the north.

Vincoy said that they will continue distribute large animals and goats next year. At least 150 heads of goat worth Php 900,000 are in the pipeline and due for distribution in 2016.

The goat dispersal program of the Capitol started in 2008. The recipients were given a mother goat and as payment they have to return two kids to the Capitol.

For the large animals, the recipients of the carabao or cattle should turn over its offspring (at least six months old) to the Capitol as payment.

For the recipients of cows, the mother cow would be turned over to the province while the calf (at least six months old) remains with the farmer.

The large animals distribution will also further improve the quality of livestock in Cebu as well as help those farmers who cannot afford to buy one.

“Nakita nako nga upgraded na ang quality ning mga hayopa, dako kaayo nig sa pag-improve sa atong livestock (These are already upgraded livestock; this will further help improve the quality of our livestock),” said Victorino Lañojan, Artificial Insemination (AI) technician from the municipality of Sibonga.

At least eight Sibonga farmers received large animals in a series of distribution conducted three weeks ago.

Lañojan is this year’s DA Gawad Saka outstanding AI technician in region 7 after leading in the production of AI calves.