SAGAY CITY – The ongoing 23rd Sinigayan Festival here is showcasing the city’s agriculture and animal industries in its festival villages to boost efforts of the local government in sustainable development.
Among the trade fairs highlighted in the festival, that kicked off yesterday, were the Agro-Aqua Festival Village and the Livestock and Poultry Exhibit.
In the Agro-Aqua fair, the city’s 25 barangays displayed their products from both land and sea.
City Tourism Officer Helen Cutillar said this is “an interesting stopover for festival goers to shop for pasalubong.”
Root crops, fresh fruits, vegetables, dried fish, preserved foods, sweets, crafts, native delicacies, and fresh seafoods are found in this village, she said, adding that these local products highlight their barangays.
“Every opening [day], we have the Lechon Fest” where the best lechon was judged based on taste, presentation, and hygiene, she said.
At the Livestock and Poultry exhibit, feeds manufacturers and companies related to the industry conduct seminars and lectures for farmers and entrepreneurs, Cutillar said.
High breed goats, cows, carabaos, turkeys, ostriches, pigs, and gamefowls are displayed in the fair.
Dr. Ave Aym Anlap of the City Veterinary Office said the livestock industry of Sagay is growing and this initiative is part of the program of the city government on food security for a sustainable future.
She said the animals are from the City Veterinary Office and most of the pigs and goats are meant for dispersal to the communities in the 25 barangays, while the cows are reserved for milk production to feed malnourished children in the city. “The remaining milk will be sold.”
There are now more than 100 animal raisers in the city, she said.
As for the extreme heat affecting the animals, Anlap said they are fortunate that, for now, there is no reported morbidity.
“We make sure the animals have clean water and palatable feeds,” she said.*
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