Livestock, poultry raising show big potential in Benguet

LA TRINIDAD, Benguet, June 29 (PIA) - - Livestock and poultry raising have great potential in the province with the current production unable to meet the supply demand of the populace.

 

In the first Benguet Livestock and Poultry Raisers Congress held recently, Governor Crescencio Pacalso said there is a big opportunity for this sector given the lack of supply to meet the demands of the people in the province. Most of the supply of livestock and poultry products come from the lowlands and neighboring areas.

He also encouraged livestock and poultry raisers to take care of their own and ensure safety for public consumption.

Dr. Anthony Bantog, Chief of the Regulatory Division Department of Agriculture Regional Field Office, affirmed there is potential gain in venturing to backyard production which is not yet appreciated as source of income in the province.

What is good in the province, most of the populace have high consumption of meat and meat products, he noted as he encouraged the people to engage in such venture.

“If we want to achieve self-sufficiency, we should invest in backyard production because if consolidated it will accrue to a large volume of supply,” he said. 

While productivity is encouraged among raisers, Provincial Veterinary Office Chief, Dr. Miriam Tiongan, stressed producer responsibility such that withdrawal period of administering medications should be observed otherwise they become resistant.  It will also have an adverse effect to the consuming public, she added.

Based on Philippine Statistics Authority 2015-2016 data, Tiongan  said the estimated per capita consumption by commodity of livestock and poultry and products in kilograms are as follows: pork, 15.528; beef, 2.263; chicken, 18.355; and chevon (goat meat), 0.102 while chicken egg, 116.880 pieces per capita.

As to the province’s contribution in the region on the production aspect, carabao production is 13 percent; cattle, 10%; goat, 18%; hog, 17%; layers, 18%, and native chicken, 13%.

Bantog said in strengthening animal production in the region, DA is set to focus on financial assistance to raisers but still awaiting the guidelines. 

Contract growing is also a possible venture with suppliers who will provide stocks and inputs. The congress is a good venue in linking the farmers, he said.

The  summit had the theme, Responsible Livestock and Poultry Raising Towards Food Safety.” (PIA Benguet)

 

Benguet Destinations

Strawberry Farm

La Trinidad is know to be the “Strawberry Capital of the Philippines” because of the strawberry fields. Visitors can experience strawberry picking and also taste different products made from strawberry like the strawberry ice cream and strawberry “taho”.

Asin Hot Springs

Located at the outskirts of the city of Baguio, this attraction gives it’s visitors the chance to indulge in serious relaxation. Asin Hot Springs has been knwon to do wonders for the mind, body and soul because of the spring’s natural minerals like sulfates, calcium and chloride.

BenCab Museum

The BenCab museum, located at KM 6. Asin Road, houses the permanent collection of Philippine National Artist Benedicto Cabrera (BenCab) in several galleries, as well as venues for art shows and exhibitions. The Philippine Contemporary Art Galleries highlight the artist’s collection of paintings, drawings, prints and sculpture. The smaller exhibition rooms contain other collections accumulated by BenCab through the years.

Bell Church

The home to beautiful landscaped gardens and intricately designed arches and buildings adorned with flags, bells and dragons. Bell church holds some artifacts about Buddhism and literatures about the history of China.

Mt. Pulag

Mt. Pulag is the highest peak in Luzon and the third highest in the Philippines which is 2,922 meters above sea level. The view from the top of Mt. Pulag never fails to amaze its climbers.

Kabayan Mummies

Also know as the Fire Mummies of the Philippines, the Kabayan Mummies are from the Ibaloi tribe of Benguet. This have been included in the 100 Most Endangered Sites in the World by a non-profit organization that focuses on the preservation of important historical monuments and sites.

Ambuclao Dam

The Ambuclao dam is popularly known as the biggest rock filled dam in the Far East and is considered as one of the major projects in Luzon that feeds electricity to the grid lines of Luzon.

Rose Gardens

Rose lovers will surely be pleased with Rose Gardens. A famous tourist attraction located in La Trinidad. Here, you will find a large variety of roses, chrysanthemums and other ornamental plants.

Mt. Ugo

This is considered to be one of the major destinations in the Cordilleras. It is the highest mountain located in Tinongdan, Itogon via the Benguet-Vizcayay boundary that boasts of stunning views of neighboring mountains and the great Luzon valley.

Kalugong View Point

A trek to Mount Kalugong is something that adventure seekers and nature lovers woudn't miss. The Kalugong View Point will give you a breathtaking experience and a panoramic view of the La Trinidad Valley and ther villages.
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