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Asipulo Farmers, Women Learn Organic Duck, Native Pig Raising

19 February 2013

PHILIPPINES - Personnel of the Provincial Veterinary Office (PVET) conducted lectures on organic duck raising and upgraded native pig production to farmers and members of women organizations of the remote community of Natkak in barangay Camandag recently.

Led by Dr Roland Pila and assisted by agriculturists Antonio Taguilingon and Ferdinand Dunuan and Animal Technician Michael Bulahao, all of the PVET conducted the lectures on 14 and 15 February to educate the farmers as an alternative livelihood and source of their income.

Dr Pila lectured on livestock diseases and their prevention and control including information on the anti-rabies campaign while Dunuan explained organic duck raising and upgraded native pig production which are suitable to the families in the area.

Actual demonstration of fermented feed preparation was also done by Bulahao using indigenous materials as ingredients, replacing commercial feeds which are very expensive. By using materials available in the area, they can save money and earn more income as they engage in organic duck and pig raising, he said.

Meanwhile, the PVET team also conducted information dissemination campaign to 120 students, men and women at the Haliap National High School Annex located in Natkak on the anti-rabies drive of the PVET pursuant to Republic Act 9482 or the Anti-Rabies Act of 2007. They also taught them corsage making which participants may find useful with graduation time fast approaching.

The PVET also delivered two water pumps to the women organization of the barangay to augment water supply for their farms.

According to Mr Dunuan, their visit to the barangay was facilitated by Jane Fortich, president of the Ifugao Women Organizations.

He added that they will disperse ducks and pigs to interested farmers and women organization members by the first week of March.

ThePigSite News Desk

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