DA promotes native farm animals-A A +A
Sunday, May 11, 2014
THE Department of Agriculture (DA) has allocated P26 million for the purification of native chickens that are resilient to the effects of climate change, including El Niño and La Niña.
During a Kapihan sa PIA (Philippine Information Agency) forum last April, Marianito Doydora of DA's Ubay Stock Farm in Bohol said the research is being conducted by the Philippine Council of Agriculture and Fisheries Research and Development (PCAARD).
The Municipal Government of Ubay put up P500,000 to purchase chickens from a stock farm for distribution to town residents.
Doydora said that aside from their resilience, native chickens are also in demand by consumers who want to avoid species that live on feeds containing harmful substances.
“Raising native chickens is easy and with less capital because they can survive on indigenous feeds which can be obtained within the community,” Doydora said.
The Ubay Stock Farm will soon embark on developing and producing cheap but quality animals feeds from local raw materials.
Doydora also said the DA is also studying the purification of native pigs to support the lechon industry.
“People don't raise native pigs anymore because of slow growth. Its meat cannot compete with hybrid pigs in the market. But if native pigs are sold for lechon, it can command high price,” Doydora said.
He said native pigs make the best lechon as they are not fattened by chemical-based feeds.
Doydora said the DA through the Bureau of Agricultural Research has allocated P340,000 for Community Expansion Program to start the conservation of native pigs.
“Purifying native pigs is a long-term solution to make livestock resilient to climate change. Based on research, native breeds can survive extreme heat and extreme cold,” Doydora said.
Aside from chicken and pigs, Doydora said the DA is also working on the purification of native cows.
Last year, DA allocated P700,000 to acquire additional cows from Siquijor Province for purification at the Ubay Stock Farm.
Doydora said some farmers in Mindanao revealed only native chickens, cows and pigs survived typhoon Pablo. (EOB)
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on May 11, 2014.