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Technologies on swine, poultry production highlight BAR seminar series

Anne Camille B. Brion
 

To promote awareness regarding new breakthroughs and relevant information that will help improve the agriculture and fisheries sector, the Bureau of Agricultural Research (BAR) held a series of seminar on livestock and poultry production on 24 September 2012 at the 4th floor Conference Hall of the RDMIC Building. In particular, the seminar topics included, Profitable Innovative Growing System (PIGS) for “Babuyang Walang Amoy” and native chicken and pig production of the Bureau of Animal Industry-National Swine and Poultry Research and Development Center (BAI-NSPRDC).

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(L-R) Dr. Jhun Cahusay of the Pro-Natural Feed Corporation presenting Profitable Innovative Growing System (PIGS) for “Babuyang Walang Amoy” ; and Dr. Rene Santiago and Dr. Flomella Caguicla from BAI-NSPRDC on native chicken and pig production.
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The livestock and poultry subsectors are important contributors to the total production and overall development of the agriculture sector. “Strengthening these subsectors is therefore necessary to boost and to enhance their performance, because together with rice, they provide food to millions of Filipinos and people all over the world,” said BAR Director Nicomedes P. Eleazar.

In view of supporting the public-private-partnership (PPP) program of the government, BAR invited a private company to share new promising technologies regarding odorless pig production. Dr. Jhun Cahusay from the Pro-Natural Feed Corporation based in Quezon City talked about PIGS. This kind of technology allows an individual to venture into pig raising within the vicinity of his/her own house because pigpens are almost odor-free. Hence, irritated neighbors will not be an issue anymore. Aside from its advantage of being easy to manage, the raiser can already expect about 70-80 kilos of pig weight within a span of four months. There was even an instance where a raiser’s pig was able to weigh this much within just two months. In addition, pigs grown through PIGS are fed only with natural feeds, hence consumers are given the assurance that the meat is safe to eat.

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Meanwhile, Dr. Rene Santiago and Dr. Flomella Caguicla from BAI-NSPRDC discussed native chicken and pig production, respectively. According to Dr. Caguicla, the changing preferences of people for choosing healthier options open opportunities for organic production. Besides own consumption, the production of native animals can also be a good source of income. Demand for native pigs’ “lechon” and native chickens’ meat and eggs exist because they are known to have that distinct and palatable taste better than non-natives. They can also thrive under adverse conditions and can adapt well in local conditions.

However, as Dr. Caguicla said, “medyo mabagal pero matipid naman silang palakihin”. Aside from being disease-resistant compared with the standard breeds, they only require low-cost production inputs such that locally available feed resources can be given to these animals. For native chickens, raisers can look for alternative economical feeds such as corn or palay, kitchen leftovers, and worms or insects while sakwa, kamote and kamote tops, and banana trunks and leaves can be fed to native pigs. Inexpensive medicinal substitutes can also be used for native pigs including ipil-ipil seeds and niyog-niyogan as herbal dewormers, sambong as remedy for coughs and colds, and star apple leaves to ease diarrhea. Drs. Santiago and Caguicla also highlighted the importance of proper housing, good growing and feeding practices, and health and sanitation issues for a more successful production of these native animals.

As the national coordinating body for research and development, BAR has been providing support to R&D projects which will enhance the livestock and poultry industries, among them are towards the promotion of the country’s very own native chickens and native pigs.

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For more information regarding the topics, you may contact the following persons:
1. Dr. Jhun Cahusay at (02) 375 1560 loc. 108 for PIGS’ “Babuyang Walang Amoy”
2. Dr. Rene Santiago or Dr. Flomella Caguicla at (042) 585-7727 for Native Chicken and Pig Production