PVO holds seminar on artificial insemination in Bantayan

DSC_6129The Provincial Veterinarian’s Office (PVO) continues to expand the implementation of artificial insemination (AI) in the province of Cebu.

PVO’s staff went to Bantayan town, Bantayan Island in northern Cebu for a series of AI seminars on February 12 and 13.

This is in line with the Capitol’s keen attention to food security as a component of development agenda under the current administration.

PVO Chief Rose Vincoy said the livestock in the island, except those in the poultry industry, did not suffer heavy losses during the onslaught of typhoon Yolanda. In addition, she said, some of the livestock farmers have already recovered.

Artificial insemination (AI) is the introduction of an animal’s semen into the female’ reproductive gland for the purpose of achieving fertilization. For domestic animal breeding, it is the cross breeding method to propagate high quality offspring.

Vincoy said the province is among the local implementers of the Unified National Artificial Insemination Program of the national government.

The province has different kinds of straws from cattle, goats and other domestic animals stored in its liquid nitrogen plant at the former Department of Agriculture compound. Livestock semen were given free to the Capitol from the National Artificial Breeding Center in Bukidnon.

Liquid nitrogen is used to preserve the semen. The Capitol sells liquid nitrogen along with the straws for P3,000.

There are now 43 local government units who have availed of the program. Two of them have enacted an ordinance charging fees for AI services to recoup their expenses.

Farmers who want to avail of the program may ask the assistance of the AI technician of their municipality. Xerxes Alkuino