THE province of Misamis Oriental signified willingness to join the Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) initiated Cattle Breeding and Fattening Program which aims to boost local food production.
The project would also aid in avoiding the impending food shortage and establishing an economic enterprise project to earn revenues for the local government units.
Secretary Emmanuel Piñol announced on Tuesday (Feb 16) Misamis Oriental Gov. Yevgeney "Bambi" Emano has accepted MinDA's challenge to be one of the five pilot provinces for the implementation of the LGU-funded Cattle Development Program.
“Provincial Agriculturist Apollo Pacamalan informed MinDA’s Northern Mindanao Area Management Office head Olie Degala that Gov. Emano eagerly welcomed the project because livestock development is one of his priorities for the province,” he said.
For his part, Emano thanked MinDA for the opportunity to join the program which is being pushed to ensure food self-sufficiency for every province in Mindanao.
Under the program, the Development Bank of the Philippines, MinDA's financing partner, will provide low-interest loans to assist the LGUs to establish the facilities under the Mindanao Livestock Industry Development Program.
The estimated cost of the project which will fall under the Economic Enterprise Program of each province is P100 million.
“With the identification of the 5th participating Pilot Province this week, the Cattle Breeding and Fattening Program is expected to roll out by June this year,” he said.
Also, Piñol explained that the Cattle Breeding and Fattening Program involves the establishment of a facility in each of the provinces where at least 1,000 steers or bullock (neutered young male cows) will be fattened for 100 days under the supervision of MinDA Livestock Consultant Arnel Corpuz and his team.
“The fattened steers are initially acquired from Australia's Northern Territory which had been shipping young cattle to the Philippines for decades now. A Cattle Ship that sails from Australia to Mindanao could load up to 5,000 heads which explains why the program needs five provinces with a 1,000-head allocation to start with, he further explained.
The MinDA chief further added that another 500 local cows (female cattle) to be acquired by the provincial government will be impregnated through artificial insemination using semen from outstanding bulls to upgrade the local cattle population.
“The third component of the program is the province-wide AI for farmer-owned cows using semen from outstanding bulls to upgrade the local cattle population and the fourth component is the establishment of an abattoir and processing facility to ensure that the province will enhance value-adding on the fattened steers,” he said.
Every month thereafter, five provinces will be encouraged to participate in the program to ensure that every month starting September 2021, Mindanao will be producing 5,000 heads of fattened steers for its consumers.
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