THE Provincial Government of Negros Occidental has turned over P3.5 million worth of the native chicken project to Nabinay Agrarian Reform Cooperative based at Barangay Daga in Cadiz City.

This is the first tranche of fund transfer for the Negros Native Chicken Breeding, Production and Marketing Enterprise under the Philippine Rural Development Project (PRDP).

Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson led the turnover of checks to the members of the recipient-cooperative at the Provincial Capitol in Bacolod City on Friday, January 15, 2021.

The provincial government said in a statement that the project is jointly funded by the World Bank along with national and provincial governments.

It will concentrate on breeding, fattening and marketing native chickens.

The enterprise will be managed by the Project Management Team composed of members from Nabinay Agrarian Reform Cooperative as lead proponent group, and two cluster members such as San Juan Torena Agrarian Reform Cooperative and Mirasol Development Corporation Agrarian Reform Cooperative.

Under the project, six breeding houses will also be constructed to house 100 pullets and 15 cockerels each.

Aside from breeding pens, an area for incubators and feed storage will also be constructed.

It said the PRDP is a national project under the Department of Agriculture that aims to establish a modern, value chain-oriented and climate-resilient agriculture and fisheries sector.

In partnership with the local government units and private sector, the project will be providing key infrastructure, facilities, technology and information to raise incomes, productivity and competitiveness in targeted areas, it added.

Also present during the turnover ceremony were Provincial Administrator Atty. Rayfrando Diaz II and Provincial Project Management and Implementation Unit Assistant Head Narissa Lemoncito, among others.