Barangay Pinaguinpinan, Kabankalan City, is the first barangay in Negros Occidental to have a breeding center on a four-hectare property to house farm animals and will be turned over by the Provincial Veterinary Office tomorrow, Provincial Veterinarian Dr. Renante Decena, said yesterday.
The breeding center will house 10 Brahman cows, a bull, and 20 Dorper and Damara ewes and a ram given through the Negros First Dispersal Program of Gov. Alfredo Marañon, Jr., Decena said.
He said the barangay council passed a resolution for the establishment of the breeding center that was recommended by Kabankalan Mayor Isidro Zayco and later approved by Marañon.
Decena said it will be the pilot barangay as others can replicate the project and get the same assistance if they can comply with the requirements.
Non-government organizations, private institutions, local government units can avail of the dispersal program as long as they have areas to house the animals, sustainable water system, and land areas that will be planted with napier grasses, he also said.
Decena said farmers can integrate animal-raising while managing their crops. Waste materials from cows are commonly used as fertilizers and it is also organic, and that 100 cows can produce 100 tons of waste in 100 days.
“With the declaration of Negros Occidental and Negros Oriental as an organic island, this will support the farmers, especially those in remote areas,” Decena also said.
Meanwhile, Alberto Lague, OIC for Field Operations of National Dairy Authority-Visayas, said yesterday that there is no definite date yet for the arrival of the 30 pregnant Holstein Freisan cattle for the dairy development program of Negros Occidental.
Lague said the Commission on Audit will inspect the shipment before they can proceed with the delivery.
He said the province already received 70 heads of cattle in 2010 and it has an agreement which NDA and the province signed early this year to become a breeder multiplier.
Lague also said a pregnant cow costs P140,000 but the province will pay it for eight years, and not in cash. He said each cow will be paid with two pregnant cows of the same breed and a P200 development fee per animal.*LTG