THE Provincial Veterinary Office of Negros Occidental turned over about P800,000 worth of poultry farm projects to the City of Himamaylan.

These include Pekin Duck Multiplier Farm worth P422,000 and Free-range Chicken Multiplier Farm amounting to almost P397,000 lodged within the city’s Poultry Breeding Center in Barangay 3.

The components of the Free-range Chicken Multiplier Farm are P298,000 in structure, almost P41,000 worth of incubator, P58,000 brooder equipment, and 150 heads of two-week old chicks.

The Pekin Duck Multiplier Farm, meanwhile, has project components of almost P382,000 for building construction, and P40,550 worth of incubator.

Joselito Jaballa, provincial animal dispersal coordinator, said the projects are under the province’s Negros First Animal Livelihood and Provincial Animal Genetic Improvements programs.

He said these will capacitate the recipient-local government unit to produce more quality stocks for its re-dispersal initiative.

“Himamaylan is one of the cities in the province active in implementing various poultry development measures,” Jaballa said, adding that the projects also aim to further strengthen the local government, making it less reliant on the provincial government.

Himamaylan is currently working on replicating its poultry breeding project to all 19 barangays in the city.

The City Government aims to establish village-based multiplier farms to benefit more resident-raisers.

Jaballa said aside from boosting poultry production in the locality, the projects are also positioned to augment the livelihood and income of the residents.

The project was turned over by District Veterinary Office representatives to Himamaylan City officials led by Mayor Agustin Ernesto Bascon in rites held at the city hall on Monday.