KIANGAN, Ifugao, July 26 (PIA)- - Thirty members of the Dalligan Multipurpose Farmers Association (DMFA) from the riverside barangays of Bokiawan, Lingay, Nungkigadan and Dalligan of this town recently completed their training on swine management and organic feed formulation.
The training provided by the Provincial Veterinary Office (PVET) aimed to equip the farmers with skills and knowledge in swine breeding, care, feeding and health management and using organic feed which they prepare instead of commercial feeds so that they can earn additional income and improve their quality of life.
PVET Training Coordinator Ferdinand Dunuan said that hog raising is a growing enterprise in the municipality. The training would bring appropriate technology to the farmers so that they can realize profitable production for better economic conditions of their families.
Dunuan explained to them the breed of swine wherein if you raise a pig be sure to select the best breed most suited to the conditions of the place in order to have a productive harvest and that swine raising needs a pig house with proper facilities and equipment, food preparation and safety, clean drinking water for the animals and the observation of proper hygiene to prevent animal diseases that will endanger the livestock.
Gilbert Caclini, also of the PVET, discussed the preparation of fermented feeds and lectured on how to manage feeding of swine with commercial feeds with the correct measure as compared to using organic fermented feeds.
He demonstrated to them the preparation of organic feed with ingredients consisting of corn grits, darak, camote leaves, banana stalk, madre de agua and azola. Participants did the actual preparation so they can learn personally.
Caclini also taught them how to prepare the indigenous microorganisms with rice and brown sugar as ingredients to facilitate the fermentation of the organic feeds and the storage of extra organic feeds prepared.
Dalligan barangay chairman John Bangngo thanked the PVET staff for conducting the training in their place despite the distance, as well as the participants from the remote villages of the four riverside barangays. He said the training is a big help to improve the quality of living of the barangay folks. He advised the farmers to actively participate for them to learn and apply them so that they can work together for the progress of their community. Daniel B. Codamon (JDP/DBC- PIA CAR, Ifugao)