THE Provincial Government of Negros Occidental, through the Provincial Veterinary Office, has launched the Swine Fattening Project positioned to help local hog raisers, especially during this coronavirus disease (Covid-19) pandemic.
The project amounting to P1.5 million is in collaboration with the Alliance of Hog Raisers Association of Negros Occidental (Ahrano). The fund will be made available to the local associations.
Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson, who led the launching rites held at the Capitol's Social Hall in Bacolod City Friday, July 3, 2020, said the hog raisers are among the most affected sectors by the prevailing crisis.
Lacson said that despite the disturbance in the market, the province’s swine industry has never given up.
“I hope that this project will help especially in sustaining the supply of hogs in the province,” he added.
Provincial Veterinarian Renante Decena, who was also present at the launching, recognized the important role of hog raisers in helping the government provide for the meet needs of the Negrenses during the quarantine period.
“They are our partners in the development of the swine industry and food security,” he said, adding that the project will also help establish the market for locally produced hogs.
For his part, Ahrano president Ric Lauron said the project will be the venue for increasing the livelihood opportunities for the local associations and its members.
During the program, the newly elected officers of the Bago Hog Raisers Association, led by its chairman Sergio Piansay, also took their oath of office before the governor.
“It is very important that the raisers are organized so it is easy for the government to extend support services,” Lacson also said.