SAGAY CITY -- This city in the north, which is the hometown of Negros Occidental Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr., is currently showcasing its sustainable animal industry through the five-day Livestock and Poultry Fair at Barangay Rizal which will run until March 19.

The annual activity, now on its sixth year, is part of the city's 21st

Sinigayan Festival celebration.

City Veterinarian Baltazar Delorino said the trade fair is participated by backyard raisers from Sagay, and commercial feed suppliers and animal producers in the province.

Delorino said farmer-raisers are getting boost mainly through series of trainings on animal raising, nutrition and disease management, feed production and good farm management conducted during the fair.

Feed suppliers are given the opportunity to promote their products, generate income and attract more potential markets, he added.

"The trade fair features the efforts, projects and programs of the local government in sustaining its livestock and poultry sector," Delorino said, adding that the city has been a recipient of various interventions of the Provincial Government.

The Provincial Veterinary Office has provided Sagay City breeding stocks including gilts, free-range chicken and sheep, among others, through the province's Negros First Animal Livelihood Program and Animal Genetic Improvement Program.

The city also hosts one of the Capitol-run multiplier farms that capacitates raisers to produce livestock and poultry animals intended for dispersal to the community.

"We are serious in terms of developing our livestock and poultry industry as it hugely contribute to the city's effort in providing livelihood to the Sagaynons," Delorino said. (PNA)