Projects worth P12 million to create meat shops and feed milling facilities in local government unitsthat are expected to be finished within the year, were approved by the Negros Occidental provincial government for the Alliance of Hog Raisers of Negros Occidental (AHRANO) yesterday.
Provincial Veterinarian Renante Decena said yesterday that these projects aim to help the hog raisers in the province boost their production and give them new venues to market and sell their products.
He said that yesterday, Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr. officially turned over to the members of AHRANO a P2 million check for their hog marketing and meat shop projects in the cities of Bacolod, Victorias, and Himamaylan.
There are now PVO-funded meat shops in Cauayan, Hinigaran, and Valladolid towns, and in the cities of Kabankalan, Cadiz, and Sagay, Decena said.
The check was received by AHRANO president Cynthia dela Cruz and the 32 members of the organization.
Apart from the hog marketing projects, the Sangguniang Panlalawigan also approved yesterday the endorsement of the provincial government to build a feed mill facility in Tabunan, Bago City, worth P10 million, funded by the Bureau of Animal Industry under the Department of Agriculture.
Once construction is finished, Decena said that AHRANO will operate the facility so they can produce their own feeds for hogs, and reduce production costs while improving their piggery business.
“Feeds take about 60 percent of the total production costs of hog raisers because it is expensive as the ingredients are mostly imported,” he said, adding that the facility will allow them to produce feeds from locally produced ingredients, such as corn and rice bran.
He noted that Negros Occidental is still one of the leading hog producing provinces in the country with about 600,000 hogs in production as of this year, with 88 percent of the total population backyard-raised and 12 percent produced through commercial farming.
Decena said that boosting pig production is important as the demand for hog meat outside of Negros, like Metro Manila and Cebu, is high, noting the good quality of the meat produced in the province.
The construction of a feed mill facility will lessen the cost of production of hogs and will mean higher income for livestock raisers in the province, he added.
He also said that other livestock associations are also receiving programs and projects from PVO, like bull loans, genetic improvement, and artificial insemination, among others.*MLG
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