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Capitol disperses 165 goats

| by: Xerxes Alkuino

The Cebu Provincial Government, through the Provincial Veterinary Office (PVO), dispersed 165 upgraded goats to individual farmers across the province.

Some 15 of the 165 goats are males. The 150 females were purchased from Masbate Province for a budget of P900,000 from the Capitol’s annual investment plan, according to Provincial Veterinarian Dr. Mary Rose Vincoy. Each goat costs P5,900.

The distribution was made in coordination with the local governments units (LGUs) last month.  Each city or municipal livestock coordinatorwill have to submit status report on the domestic animals, said Terry Salgado, Agriculturist II, PVO.

Under the Capitol’s goat dispersal program, Delgado said each recipient is required to turn over two (2) offsprings to the province as form of payment. The recipients of male goats are also owners of female goats and are given the chance to buy the male goats.

The male goats came from the stock farm in the Capitol property in Barangay Tinaan, Naga City. The Capitol has at least 63 heads of goats in Naga as proceeds from a goat dispersal program that was started by the previous administration.

The recipients of the goats came from 13 LGUs. These are Boljoon, Malabuyoc, Alegria, Ginatilan, Badian, Sibonga, Moalboal, Talisay City, Carmen, Danao City, Balamban, Pinamungajan, and Toledo City.

Aside from the distribution of ruminant animals, the present administration of Governor Hilario P. Davide III also implemented large animal dispersal program.

At least 265 heads of cattle, cows and carabaos were distributed last year. The Capitol has a P6 million budget for another round of large animal distribution this year.