DA 11 empowers livestock and poultry players

To empower the livestock and poultry industry in Davao region, DA 11 conducted a stakeholders’ forum on Philippine Native Animal Development (PNAD) program at Brokenshire Convention Center, Davao City Wednesday.

Attended by DA’s regional and national personnel, farmer groups, provincial veterinarians and partner academes and non-government organizations, the event was comprised of presentations on Mindanao Cattle Research and Development Project, Philippine Native Animal’s Resiliency to Climate Change, Enterprise and its Market Potentials and PNAD’s program updates and Roadmap. All topics of the event created awareness on PNAD’s mandate to formulate, promote and implement policies and programs for the development, production and marketing of native animals.

Agriculture Regional Director Remelyn Recoter said there is a need for the conservation, production and marketing of domesticated native food animals since this will not only give additional income to farmers, but also give a savoring and healthy meat.

Philippine Statistical Agency reported that Davao City ranks first in terms of production of native chicken which contributes 27 percent on the 2013 inventory of almost six million heads in Davao region. It is followed by Davao del Sur with 22 percent, Davao del Norte with 20 percent,  Compostela Valley with 17 percent  and Davao Oriental with 14 percent.

Recoter said that the growth rate of native chicken was 9 percent from 2012-2013. Moreover, the 2014 first quarter inventory compared to same period of 2013 is 11 percent and this incoming trend gives an opportunity for the raisers and the counterpart in the provincial government to augment productivity.

“Even with this production increase, our supply would not be enough to the 24.77 percent increase in tourist arrival in Davao City (2012-2013) which means higher demand from consumers and the need for  animal raisers to supply more to food service providers”, Recoter added.

She also assured that some of DA’s Typhoon Pablo rehabilitations were concentrated on livestock and poultry sector due to its resiliency to climate change. She affirmed that DA 11 was granted with P 36 million from less than P 10 million budget to this sector per year. (LLbocado/Aggie Media Service)

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