Negros Occidental Vice Governor Genaro Alvarez yesterday said while mechanized farming will boost agriculture, he also expressed concern that it could displace a lot of workers.
Negros Occidental Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr. on Monday said the provincial government is joining the push of the Department of Agriculture towards farm mechanization to boost food production.
Marañon, Alvarez and members of the Negros Occidental Sanggunian are attending the Makina-Saka 2012 agricultural machinery exposition that opens at the World Trade Center in Pasay City today.
Local heads urged anew
to establish meat shops
The demand for fresh meat in the local market prompted the creation of Negros First Meat Shops in all local government units that aims to give quality meat to local consumers and reduce the influx of imported supply, Dr. Renante Decena, Negros Occidental provincial veterinarian, said yesterday.
Decena said he encourages LGUs to start and mobilize their own meat shops to help local hog raisers market and sell their products. Consumers are also assured of quality and safe meat that are butchered and inspected in accredited slaughters houses, he said.
Hog raisers will also develop unity, social responsibility, and local enterprise that enable them to address the demand for meat and meat products, Decena added.
24,587 animals serviced
A total of 24,587 farm animals benefited from the animal health extension services of the Provincial Veterinary Office through its medical missions in the past six months, Dr. Merie Ann Adlaon, veterinary medical mission coordinator, said yesterday.
Adlaon said the medical mission was conducted in remote barangays of 10 local government units in Negros Occidental to prevent possible outbreaks of diseases and monitor animal management of the farmers.
Farm animals like carabaos, goats, poultry, cattle, swine, and dogs were examined and provided treatment, vaccination, check-ups, castration, and laboratory diagnosis, she said.