First Batch of Restocking Piglets Received

THE PHILIPPINES - Being the first beneficiaries of the Department of Agriculture's (DA) Piglet Restocking Program, the provinces of Antique and Iloilo received a total of 730 piglets.
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The DA regional field unit 6 (DA-RFU 6) information division disclosed that the total number of piglets released to the two provinces were 590 in Iloilo and 140 in Antique, writes Adelaida Bulaon.

The office said the delivery for other provinces are scheduled in the next succeeding weeks subject to the availability of stocks.

The DA central office has identified Western Visayas as one of the five regions in the country to implement the program that aims to provide sufficient supply of pork to Metro Manila during the last quarter of the year and address the market requirement this Christmas season.

DA regional executive director for Western Visayas Larry Nacionales said the department through the Livestock Development Council (LDC) has allocated P4,526,000 for piglet subsidy to identified livestock raisers in the region.

A total of 2,263 heads will be released to the identified beneficiaries in the region to include 414 heads in Aklan; 362 heads in Antique; 496 in Capiz; 262 in Guimaras; 1,582 in Iloilo and 1,410 heads in Negros Occidental.

The beneficiaries were identified by the DA RFU 6 in coordination with the provincial and municipal officials of the recipient provinces.

It is expected that an estimated volume of 407,340 metric tons or 19,400 heads at 90 kilograms per head will be produced out of the program, Nacionales said.

Under the program, the DA will provide piglet subsidy of P1,000/piglet at a maximum of two piglets per swine raiser.

Other participating regions are Central Luzon, Southern Tagalog (Regions IV A and B), and Bicol Region.

The sites were identified because of their proximity to Metro Manila and availability of stocks present in the areas.

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