Livestock mission held in Leyte town

Created on Thursday, 19 March 2020 Published Date

The Department of Agriculture Regional Field Office 8 (DA-RFO 8) successfully conducted the three-day livestock development mission in Alangalang, Leyte.

From March 9-11, a team of veterinarians, laboratory staff and livestock technicians from DA-RFO 8, together with the Provincial Veterinary Office – Leyte and the Municipal Agriculture Office of Alangalang delivered the services under the Livestock Program down to the grassroots level. Seven barangays were covered benefiting a hundred farmers.

Among the services offered were deworming and vitamin supplementation. Blood and fecal samples were also collected to provide accurate diagnosis and proper treatment of disease.

During the short consultation, the team also responded to the farmers’ queries. Brochures and leaflets on livestock raising and health management were likewise distributed.

Leguminous planting materials and forages were also distributed to the farmers. Among these include madre de agua, indigofera and napier which are good for food and nutrition of animals.

The Philippine Carabao Center based in Baybay City also took part in the activity to assist and augment manpower in the conduct of artificial insemination for carabao.

Mr. Nestor G. Partoza, Municipal Agriculturist, said that the activity helped in strengthening the program of the municipality towards the development of its livestock sector.

He said that the local agriculture office aims to upgrade the local stock of carabao. Farm mechanization may have been introduced in this one of the top rice producing towns of the province. In spite of this, the carabao remains a mainstay in farm works specifically in tilling and plowing the land. He said that the upgrading of carabao through artificial insemination has gained significance since farmers always want bigger and sturdier animals.

He added that the municipality is targeting an increased inventory of swine and poultry animals, as well as in the production of quality meat products that will provide the farmers an additional source of income. Mr. Partoza encouraged their farmers to keep their animals healthy, disease-free and well looked after.

Ms Ester A. Yu, Chairperson of Brgy. Peñalosa expressed her gratitude for having this activity in their barangay. She pointed out that it was the first kind of assistance extended to their barangay by the national government.

She shared that the farmers still practice traditional and herbal remedies when their animals get sick. However, the activity gave them an opportunity to learn the current value of technology and medicine for the improvement of the breed and proper care for the carabaos.  (PAUL NIGEL D. CUSTODIO, Information Officer I; FRANCISCO C. ROSAROSO, Chief, RAFIS)