The Provincial Veterinary Office reported a 47 percent increase in the animals registered and sold at auction markets in Negros Occidental in 2017.
The PVO yearend report showed that, there were 200,352 animals sold in the auction market last year, which is 64,8549 higher than the 135,503 sold in 2016.
Live chicken had the highest leap in terms of animals sold, from 62,054 to 87,649 last year, or 25,595 in increase, followed by swine from 33,162 to 57,719, or a 24,557 increase.
Other livestock also exhibit increases in the number of heads sold.Carabao sales rise from 11,560 to 14,571, cattle from 8,909 to 11,368, horse from 485 to 651, and goat from 19,333 to 28,394.
Animal registrations in the auction market also increased, from 141,282 in 2016 to 207,746 in 2017, or a 66,464 increase.
Chicken had the highest number of heads registered in the auction markets last year with 89,978, which is 27,270 higher than in 2016, at 62,708 heads.
Swine also had a 23,360 increase in 2017,or from 36,239 to 59,599.Other livestock also signified increases in registrations, with carabao from 12,167 to 15,725, cattle from 9,371 to 12,403, horse from 505 to 670, and goat from 20,292 to 29,371.
The report attributed the rise in sales and registrations to the increase in animal production in the province last year, that made Negros meat sufficient.
The rate of animal transactions will also get a boost from the opening of the Negros First Animal Hub in April this year, as it will hold a livestock auction market in time for the 25 th Panaadsa Negros Festival, Provincial Veterinarian,Dr. RenanteDecena, said. *MLG
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