DOST- PCAARRD develops native pig industry

TABUK CITY, Kalinga, July 21 (PIA) – The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) thru the  Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquatic and Natural Resources Research and Development (PCAARRD)  encourages  farmers to engage in the native pig industry. Aside from addressing food security, it can be a potential source of income.

 

DOST-PCAARRD had allotted P50 million  for a research and development program on the conservation, improvement and profitable utilization of the Philippine native pigs.

Synan S. Baguio, Officer-In-Charge of DOST-PCAARRD, said the money is  distributed to  eight  partner state universities and the National Swine and Poultry Agency   to finance a  5-year research program that started in 2015.

The DOST-PCAARRD   held the 11th National Research and Development Team Meeting hosted by Kalinga State University  here.   

Baguio noted  while the trend in modern findings today gear towards improvement and production of hybrid products, DOST pushes to bring the native animal enhancement and development to public attention.

He explained why a country like the Philippines should venture into the enhanced production of native animals because of tourism value and significance to culture.

Tourists love to visit destinations to experience community life and the distinct delicacies  while tribes in the country often use native animals in their rituals and practices, Baguio said.

On the economic side, raising native animals entail relatively lower costs compared to hybrid kinds because of their positive character quality on easier adaptability to environment, high tolerance to disease, resilience to extreme climatic conditions and high survival rate.

Under the program, partner state universities are equipped and trained in the production of ‘capital’ native animals suitable to their own respective areas for dispersal to interested farmers.

Alongside the capability building component, farmers are prepared and trained in the enhanced production of native pigs for trade opportunities for them to earn profit.

With the program, Baguio is  optimistic  that native animal met would soon be displayed in supermarts and local markets. (JDP/LL-PIA CAR, Kalinga)

 

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