Provincial Veterinarian Renante Decena yesterday said the Department of Agriculture is eyeing Negros Occidental as one of the locations for the implementation of the upgraded artificial insemination and cattle breeding program, among other national projects on livestock development.
Decena and Neg. Occ. Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr. attended the Livestock Development Meeting with DA Assistant Secretary Enrico Garzon to discuss the use of local government unit resources by putting national programs and projects in the service frontline.
“This is very beneficial for Negros Occidental since we already have an organized network of technicians, existing programs and partnerships with people's organizations,” Decena said.
The provincial government is currently preparing for a proposal to be submitted to the department for approval and counterpart allotment, he said.
Decena also said Garzon and other DA representatives are set to visit Negros for evaluation of the facilities, programs and organizational make-up.
He said the Negros First Semen Processing Plant, currently under construction at the Negros Ranch in Murcia, can serve as a venue for the expanded national cattle breeding program in Mindanao.
The processing center is expected to be finished this year and services are projected to start next year. It will cater to the needs of cattle, sheep and goat raisers.
If the AI breeding program will be successful, he said, the next stage is to advance into embryo transfer, which is being implemented in Mindanao provinces assisted by technology consultants from Japan.
Among other initiatives eyed is the utilization of local technicians for national projects, he said. At present, only a few technicians in the province are detailed to national level projects.
To enhance it, these national projects will go to the frontline services that will be implemented by local technicians and paravets for a less bureaucratic approach to farmers and raisers.
Decena said the national government may even nationalize the active participation of people's organizations in the countryside development as participants of the cattle, dairy and dairy congresses and hog convention had seen when Negros Occidental hosted the gatherings.*KBC
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