Livestock industry holds 1st Goat and Sheep forum 

DAVAO CITY  - The Livestock industry headed by Goat and Sheep Raiser’s Association  XI (GASRA) and the Department of Agriculture (DA) 11 convened the livestock and dairy players during the opening of the 1st Goat and Sheep Techno Forum and Agro-Trade fair yesterday at the Open parking C, SM Ecoland, Davao City. 

With the theme, “Magandang Kinabukasan sa Pagkakambing at Pagtutupa”, the teachno forum and agro-trade fair which is held August 13 to 17 is part of the celebration of the 29th Kadayawan Festival. 

DA regional director Remelyn R. Recoter through OIC for Field Operations Rosalinda Mediano reported that as of January 1 this year, the total goat inventory stood at 3.690 million heads wherein about 3.61 million head or 98.30 percent were raised in backyard farms. 

“The agriculture department is happy that the goat, sheep and dairy herd farming in the countryside is growing by leaps and bounds, thus positioning the industry apart of our country’s strategic food program,” she added. 

She added that DA will continue to support the programs of the livestock industry as well as enable local raisers/breeders and stakeholders to know the existing government programs and other support services to the livestock industry. 

Meanwhile, Executive Director of Livestock Development Council (LDC) Manuel Jarmin said that the agriculture sector has vested a lot of effort for the goat and sheep industry. 

He cited that goat; sheep and dairy herd farming is becoming popular among livestock & dairy raisers/farmers and is expected to expand rapidly due to its demands. 

Data from the Philippine Statistics Authority-Bureau of Agricultural Statistics (PSA-BAS), revealed that the production for the livestock subsector recorded an increase in production. 

The subsector grossed P57.4 billion at current prices or 5.59 percent more than last year’s level. 

For the poultry subsector, the production gains in chicken at 2.50 percent and duck at 0.10 percent helped in sustaining the subsector’s growth. 

At current prices, the subsector’s gross value of production amounted to P45.7 billion. This indicated a 5.29 percent improvement from last year’s record.(Aggie Media Service)