The Provincial Government revived the artificial insemination (AI) program in the municipality of Compostela.
The Provincial Veterinarian’s Office (PVO) had already conducted information and education campaign to three barangays in the town. The town has conducted AI services to more than 30 cattle and carabao heads this year.
Nenita Jaganas, animal production division chief, PVO, recalled that the town was one of the outstanding performers of the program several years back.
But in the late 2000s, its AI technician left for abroad. Now it took more than a decade to finally continue the program with all the political controversies in the town.
With the leadership of Mayor Joel Quiño, who once chaired the committee on agriculture at the municipal council, things looked good for livestock farmers.
Municipal Livestock Technician Rosemarie Peñas said, “He (Mayor Quiño) gave me specific order to implement whatever the provincial government’s programs are on livestock farming.”
In the AI seminar in Barangay Tag-ube conducted by the province, some farmers raised questions about the program especially on the cost of AI services. Some of them were also aware of the failures in AI based on their previous experience.
The municipal government offered the AI services for free.
Nemecio Enrolizo, who was one of the participants of the seminar, said despite the failures in the past it did not discouraged him from improving the quality of his livestock through AI.
“Wala ko ma discouraged parte ana ui, kay nangita man tag asenso (I was not discouraged, because I am looking for improvement),” he said.
Tag-ube Barangay Captain Corsino Sarona said they were very happy with the assistance from the province. He said since most of them are livestock farmers they also needed seminar on the proper care of their domestic animals.
Tag-ube is one of the farthest mountain barangays in Compostela.
Jaganas said the program is not easy to implement because it needs careful attention by the farmers especially when their female animals are in heat.
According to Philippine Carabao Center, “A female carabao can only be fertile over a 24-hour period during the 18-21 day heat cycle.”
Thus, Jaganas said, it is important for the farmer to accurately tell the AI Technician the carabao’s heat period so that the semen will be inserted into the reproduction gland when it is still fertile.
Jaganas acknowledged that is where usually the program fails.