The Provincial Veterinary Office of Negros Occidental is selecting 20 barangays to qualify for the “Karnero sa Barangay” program to propagate sheep breeding development at their level, Provincial Veterinarian Dr. Renante Decena said yesterday.
Decena said the province has already been declared as the lamb capital of the Philippines and bringing the project to the barangay level will increase the production of the animals.
The barangays are evaluated based on their capacity and willingness to raise the animals, house them, and the personnel who will be trained to maintain their health, he said.
Barangays who are existing members of the Sheep and Goat Breeders Association of Negros Occidental can also apply for the program, Decena added.
Barangays with less than a hectare allocated for animal housing will receive 10 ewes and a ram, while those with bigger areas with get 20 ewes and a ram.
PVO will also train caretakers for each barangay, and one of the requirements is willingness to raise the animals, he said.
“We want caretakers who have passion for animal-raising because they know how crucial it is to grow them,” Decena said.
He also said the recipients have to pay the province the number of animals dispersed to them.
Decena also said that, as stated in the provincial ordinance on the establishment of the Negros First Ranch, only 16 percent of 5,760 imported sheep shall be retained, while 84 percent are for sale or for dispersal. The ranch shall retain only about 950 sheep, he added. *LTG