SWINE raisers in Negros Occidental, whose products are displayed and sold at the meat shop established in front of the Provincial Veterinary Office (PVO) at the Capitol Grounds in Bacolod City, have earned almost P417,000 last month.
PVO reports showed that for April alone, the Alliance of Hog Raisers in Negros Occidental (Ahrano) have generated P84,592 in sales.
Of its member-associations, the City of Kabankalan Poultry and Livestock Marketing Cooperative posted the highest sales worth P102,128.
It was followed by Binalbagan Swine Raisers Association with P90,139; Hinigaran Hog Raisers Association, P86,400; and Cauayan Livestock and Poultry Marketing Cooperative, P53,000.
The one-month sales generated comprise 48 heads of swine slaughtered by Ahrano and its member-associations and then linked to the meat shop, reports added.
The operation of the meat shop, which started in February this year, is under the Negros Pork and Lamb Product Demo Project of the Provincial Government.
Provincial Veterinarian Renante Decena said the product demo project is aimed at equipping local backyard livestock raisers to market their products and generate more income.
“This initiative is in support of the province's goal of alleviating poverty and generating more jobs for Negrenses along with food security,” Decena added.
Ahrano is composed of 27 local government unit-based member associations and two federations, with at least 15,000 individual members.
The project is also benefiting raiser-members of the Sheep and Goat Breeders Association in Negros Occidental.