Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr. is urging the poultry integrators to cooperate with the provincial government to strengthen biosecurity measures of the province, to boost the chicken industry.
Provincial veterinarian, Dr. Renante Decena, said yesterday that during the oath-taking ceremonies of the officers of the newly-established Association of Broiler Integrators of Negros Occidental, the governor told them that he needs their help to boost the chicken industry standards of the province to keep up with globalization.
Decena said the province is eyeing to export local chickens through the establishment of AAA facilities in slaughtering and dressing chickens and the integrators' help will be significant in this move.
Marañon led the oath-taking of the officers of ABINO, making Negros the only province to organize local livestock integrators in the country, Decena said.
The governor also assured to give them support in terms of policymaking and addressing the problems they face in maintaining the standards of the poultry farms around the province.
Decena also revealed that in the 168 commercial farms they inspected together with the integrators, 132 passed to renew their permits to operate, while the 36 are under probation and subject to re-inspection.
To help the integrators continually monitor these farms, the provincial government is eyeing to geo-tag them, he added.
The officers who took their oath yesterday were Hassel Calda as president, Irene Limson - vice president, Mhel Azuela – treasurer and secretary, and Nurwin Cheng, Ephrem Gabutan, Jeffryll Salamisan, Arthur Maramba, Loreto Tomolin Jr., Arnel Cocy, and Richard Nagac as board of directors.
The oath-taking was held at the Provincial Economic Development and Investment Center in Bacolod City. *MLG
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