MAYOYAO, Ifugao -- Thirty-five households engaged in backyard livestock raising completed a one -day training on organic swine and poultry raising at the Municipal Agriculture Office here last October 1.

This is to enhance their knowledge and skills in this kind endeavour using organic methods which are currently being promoted by the government.

Ferdinand Dunuan of the Provincial Veterinary Office who conducted the training said that backyard swine and chicken raising has become a popular activity in the municipality due to the increased consumption of pork and poultry among the people.

He said that their office noted that almost 90% of the total households have backyard pigs and chickens because their meat are valued in the native culture of the people.

About 70% households at the center town also tried to raise pigs and chickens of the improved breeds but due to the lack of knowledge and skills coupled with the high cost of commercial feeds, some were discouraged.

With the training on organic feed production using mixture of available nutritious plants in the area and the preparation of organic concoction to formulate a farm made feed supply, it will lessen the cost of feeds to at least 30%, according to Dunuan.

This is also seen to help ensure the sustainability of the native pigs earlier dispersed by the provincial government to some households in the municipality.

The participants were given lecture on swine and poultry management and a hands on demonstration on preparing organic feeds. (Daniel B. Codamon)