Annual gamefowl taxes reach P10-M

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Saturday, February 22, 2014


NEGROS Occidental Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr. said Friday that the Provincial Government earns P10 million every year in taxes for gamecocks brought outside the province.

The Provincial Veterinary Office (PVO) charges P20 per head for the issuance of veterinary certificate that serves as permit for gamecocks transported either through plane or sea travel.

Marañon, who led the opening rites of the three-day 1st Gamefowl Expo at the Panaad Stadium Friday, said that the P4-billion industry has made Negros Occidental the gamefowl capital of the world.

The governor said: “We are known for the best breed of gamecocks,” adding that gamefowl breeding has become the province’s second industry next to sugar.

He cited a data stating that there are now about 2,000 gamefowl breeders in the province, including those involved in backyard breeding.

The governor also said the Provincial Government will support the planned international derby to be held in the province.

The event, which will culminate with a 4-Cock Breeders’ Derby in February 23 highlights the accomplishments and developments of the gamefowl breeding industry in Negros Occidental for the past four decades.

During a luncheon rites Friday, nine outstanding gamefowl breeders were conferred the Life-Long Achievement Award while 15 others were given posthumous awards.

Trade and expositions of prominent strains and bloodlines of Negros-bred quality broodstocks and gamecocks are being featured in the expo.

Included are live exhibits of outstanding breeds of the Hulsey’ Lemons, the Sweater, Kelso, Albany, Roundheads, Grey strains, and the Hatches bloodlines.

Cockfighting and gamefowl enthusiasts will also have the opportunity to know the historical epics of their favorite gamefowl strains and bloodlines through the “Gamefowl Breeders’ Corridor” display area.

Symposiums are also being held today at the Media Center of the Panaad Stadium.

The PVO is also conducting a symposium on the collection and handling of laboratory specimen and on facts about the bird flu. Other talks are on new veterinary products and poultry feeds.

On Sunday, the 4-Cock Breeders’ Derby will be held at 1 p.m.

Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on February 22, 2014.

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