THE country of Argentina has expressed interest to help enhance the capability of Negros Occidental in terms of animal embryo transfer, said Provincial Veterinarian Renante Decena.
Decena, who had a lunch meeting with Argentina’s Ambassador to the Philippines Roberto Bosch during the latter’s visit in the province on Monday, said the foreign government plans to introduce embryo transfer technology instead of transporting live cattle to the country.
He said the envoy already told Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol about the special project, which the province is expected to avail starting next year.
“This will form part of the province’s livestock industry development program,” Decena said, adding that the project is very timely as the province will also start operating its P3-million Liquid Nitrogen Plant and Semen Processing Center at the Negros First Ranch (NFR) in Barangay Sta. Rosa, Murcia next year.
Under the project, the government of Argentina will require surrogate mother cattle for embryo transfer.
Decena said that currently the province has more than 200 heads of cattle available at NFR which can be used as surrogate mother.
By infusing the Argentina breed, the province can get good DNAs for cattle, he added.
“We will finalize the project with the representatives of the foreign government in the country,” Decena said, adding that “they are really considering Negros Occidental due to its huge potential in terms of livestock.”