Taiheiyo goat-raising project yields 97 offsprings-A A +A
Tuesday, December 17, 2013
A SUSTAINABLE goat-raising project in San Fernando, Cebu that Taiheiyo Cement Philippines Inc. (TCPI) and Solid Earth Development Corp. (SEDC) initiated four years ago in the hinterland barangay of Bugho has yielded 97 offsprings and 12 additional beneficiaries from an original batch of 10 over the past four years.
While the offsprings had 13 mortality, 12 of these have been handed down to new members of the running program, while the beneficiaries sold 27 heads and kept 45 heads that they continue to nurture, said Ester P. Cola, TCPI division manager for human resources and administration.
Recently, Cola together with TCPI-SEDC community relations officers Gines Boltron and Efren Labrado granted another batch of project beneficiaries.
Cola hopes that the beneficiaries will continue to run the program to benefit more residents in San Fernando.
Pursued under the two companies’ joint social development management program (SDMP), the goat-raising project started on July 15, 2009 with 10 beneficiaries, each given a doe (female goat) with two of them a buck (male) each.
The two bucks were mated with the 10 does to produce offsprings. As they were committed to, each beneficiary returned the first two does for dispersal to new beneficiaries, a system that a people’s organization in San Fernando headed by Nemesia Flores will now continue.
Until the turnover, TCPI provided the medicines and vitamins for the goats, and arranged for Municipal Agriculturist Rommel Pinatel to visit the goats for immunization and health concerns.
The project began with a training conducted by the Department of Agriculture (DA) in coordination with the municipal agriculturist. Only those who attended the training gained the edge to comprise the pioneering batch.
TCPI and SEDC further screened the prospects based on availability of a goat shed and forage. The succeeding beneficiaries were also listed in an ordinal manner.
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on December 18, 2013.