THE Provincial Veterinary Office (PVO) of Negros Occidental is banking on research to further strengthen the province’s livestock and poultry industry.
Provincial Veterinarian Renante Decena said PVO’s Research and Laboratory Division is currently undertaking various researches relevant to disease prevention, control and treatment.
Decena said this is in response to the increasing demand for advancement on laboratory services and performance.
“These researches are also aimed at increasing the animal production in the province,” he added.
Among the research subjects being conducted include comprehensive analyses of canine rabies in Negros Occidental.
They are undertaking studies on determination of nutritive value on common forages among farms operated by the provincial government and distribution pattern of parasite infestation in ruminants.
Researches on microbial plate count in pork meat sold among local wet markets and soil analysis for appropriate forage grasses with high protein and mineral content such as napier, tricanthera, madre de cacao and rensoni, among others are also being conducted.
Decena said research results are important to the local government units (LGUs), city veterinarians, municipal agriculturists, livestock inspectors and technicians.
These will help them in the formulation of scientific approaches to advance their treatment and control measures on animal diseases affecting their respective areas of concern, Decena said.
Moreover, the findings and recommendations will also be applied in the implementation of PVO programs and projects through its District Field Units.
For PVO, productivity has become a more important priority in the delivery of quality public service.
“A way to promote PVO laboratory services is providing the public with thorough understanding on the impact of applied research studies between animal and human health,” he added.