SOA produces 500 farmer- graduates on Native Chicken Production
As part of the intensified support to the Philippine Native Breeds, 500 farmers and fowl growers in the region graduated in Department of Agriculture’s (DA) School-on-the-Air (SOA) on Native Chicken Production.
In her message, DA-XI’s RTD for Research and Regulations Dr. Angelina Pancho encouraged farmers to widen the native chicken (Gallus gallus domesticus) production especially in their backyards for it is well-adapted to the country’s harsh temperature and with that it is susceptible to diseases unlike other breeds.
“Remember, learning is a continuous process, dili kay diri lang ni taman [it shouldn’t stop here] apply what you’ve learned in this School-on-the-Air to improve your lives and we in DA will do everything to help you in your native chicken production,” Pancho said.
Through DA’s Information Section and Livestock Program, the SOA on Native Chicken Production which aired over the Mag- UmaSenso Ta Radio Program from July 3, 2017 to August 15, 2017 over the DXRD 711 khz. Sonshine Radio in Davao City discussed the “what’s” and “how to’s” in native chicken production that include production and marketing support that they can avail from DA.
With its livestock dispersal scheme, DA-Livestock Program committed to distribute not just additional poultry heads but also other farm animals such as carabao, goat, sheep and swine to Farmers’ Associations and Peoples’ Organization after they attend trainings on livestock.
Pancho also lauded the efforts of everyone who are in one way of contribution to avoid the Bird Flu especially in information dissemination in the region through the radio program on Native Chicken Production and for the active participation of partner agencies and Local Government Units (LGUs).
Fifteen outstanding farmers from various provinces in the region received five heads of native chicken from the Livestock Program as a starter pack for their native chicken production while 142 packs of chicken feeds with five kilograms per pack were given to farmer-graduates.
The School-on-the-Air is conducted as part of the training and development component of DA with different featured commodity as a way of technology transfer to farmers. Sec. Piñol once mentioned that proper training is really important before farmers can avail the assistance from DA for them to be equipped with the knowledge on how to utilize it effectively.