THE Department of Agriculture (DA) regional office in Iloilo City is eyeing the expansion of backyard cattle industry and at the same time, encourages farmers to establish forage and pasture for feeds.
Western Visayas contributes about 9.77 percent of the country’s total cattle industry.
The region has produced 245,160 heads of cattle and it ranks fourth as top producing regions in backyard cattle farming.
In response to the call of new Agriculture Secretary Manny Penol for sustainable food production, the food agency responded positively and explored cattle raising and fattening.
While hog raising dominates the livestock raising activities in Western Visayas, the promising growth of cattle industry and the increasing demand of beef also offers income opportunity to local farmers.
DA considers the region’s cattle industry as one of the priorities of the food agency and its Livestock and Poultry Development Sector spearheaded the conduct of two-day training on cattle fattening held August 24-25 in this city.
DA RTD Peter Sobrevega said most of the farmer-raisers are used to conventional way of raising and feeding their animals through cut and carry or just feed them with any available grasses along the roads.
Sobrevega said there is an urgent need to keep farmers well-informed of the new technologies and encourage them to establish forage and pasture to feed their animals for its sustainability.
The DA regional field office provides quality breed of semen through artificial insemination for genetic improvement and upgrading of stocks and distribution of planting materials of grasses and legumes among cattle raisers in Western Visayas. (LCP/Sunnex)