THE funding which the Negros Occidental Provincial Government can avail through the Philippine Rural Development Project (PRDP) is seen to boost the swine industry of Negros Occidental.
The Provincial Board, during its last session, approved the Provincial Commodity Investment Plan (PCIP) for swine, which is part of the requirements in availing funds under the PRDP and other sources.
The Provincial Development Council Executive Committee, in a resolution, said the PCIP is a three-year rolling plan based on the value chain analysis of the commodities conducted with strong participation of stakeholders.
It is a strategic plan that rationalizes the interventions within the various segments of the value chain commodities, the committee said.
It shall also be the basis for selecting eligible interventions and sub-projects for funding under different sources like PRDP.
The investment plan for swine is in support of the Negros First Development Agenda, particularly on food security and poverty reduction, it added.
Provincial Veterinarian Renante Decena said Sunday, August 13, the investment plan for swine will enhance the Provincial Animal Genetic Improvement Program based on the value chain analysis.
Decena said among the projects to be funded through PRDP’s enterprise development or I-Reap component include the 300 sow breeding project for La Castellana Teachers Cooperative.
The project totaling to P32 million also comprises the replacement of their gilts, repair of piggery, and procurement of feeds.
The piglets will be fattened by 10 association-members of the Alliance of Hog Raisers Association of Negros Occidental.
In 2016, raisers in Cadiz and Manapla already received a total of P2-million assistance under the project’s breeding and fattening component, he also said.
“Funding through PRDP will really enable the provincial government to strengthen its swine industry,” Decena said, adding that they are now waiting for the release of fund after very detailed and tedious proposal preparation and evaluation processes.
Negros Occidental ranks first in terms of backyard swine production in the country.