Gov. Alfredo Marañon, Jr. said he wants the town of Moises Padilla to become the livestock capital of Negros Occidental with its production as its primary thrust.
Marañon, who spoke at opening of the annual town fiesta of Moises Padilla yesterday said, the town has a very successful livestock auction market where farm animals are sold at very affordable cost.
Moises Padilla Mayor Francisco Nazareno said becoming the livestock capital of the province had been regulated in the past, but now that they have the support of the provincial government, they only have to boost their production.
Organic farming and livestock production will help the farmers unite and will add more attraction especially for the tourism industry of the town, Francisco said.
Marañon said Nazareno is focused on boosting agriculture and livestock industries, and the displays in their agro-fair are the typical agricultural products of the barangays and this should encourage farmers to grow food.
“Because, as long as we have food available on our tables that are relatively cheap for the consumers, we will never have a problem,” Marañon said, adding that it is in agriculture that the Philippines will progress, prosper, and grow.
Nazareno also said they are preparing a 10-hectare land for their breeding center, pasteurization, food production, livestock development, and plantation of napier grass for the farm animals they purchased from the province.
However, he asked the Department of Agriculture and the national government to fast-track the concreting of farm-to-market roads as this will help farmers more especially those living in far-flung areas.
Marañon also said Moises Padilla is one of the first towns to buy 42 sheep from the province, adding that they will purchase more after they have prepared their facilities, buildings, and plantation of napier grass for the animals. *LTG