PROVET Launches 'Piglet Restocking Program'

by 5m Editor
4 September 2008, at 9:24am

THE PHILIPPINES - The Department of Agriculture (DA), through the Regional Field Units (RFUs) and in coordination with the Office of the Provincial Veterinarian recently launched the "Piglet Restocking Program" in selected municipality/barangay beneficiaries the Antique province.

The objective of this program is to increase pork production in Regions III, IV-A and Regions V and VI to be able to meet the demand in Metro Manila calculated to be realizable and to reach the consuming public just in time for Christmas season.

Accordingly, this program was undertaken to cushion the impact of pork shortage in Metro Manila, as a result of great pork inventory losses suffered by Regions III and IV-A when an outbreak of animal diseases hit their swine industry last year.

In like manner, neither Regions II, IV-B and V could sufficiently support pork to Metro Manila, because they too experienced a drop in pork production during the prior years.

Meanwhile, out of 181 beneficiaries allotted for the province of Antique, partial deliveries were already made among the municipalities of Patnongon, Barbaza and Tibiao equally receiving 20 piglets each through piglet subsidy at the cost of P1,000.00 per piglet. These shall be distributed at a minimum of two piglets per swine raisers.

It was learned that this program is to continue until the objective will have been achieved and also when the top pork producing regions supplying pork in Metro Manila will have recovered from their losses in the swine industry.

5m Editor