The Negros Occidental Provincial Veterinary Office will start having a livestock auction market for breeder and genetically improved animals this month at the Panaad Park in Bacolod City, as part of the services of the P10 million Negros First Animal Hub.
The animal hub is now 30 percent finished, and it is eyed to officially open during the silver celebration of the Panaad sa Negros Festival this April, Provincial Veterinarian, Dr. Renante Decena, said yesterday.
The animal hub will be a venue for training and capacity building of livestock raisers, as well as for the display of live animals and meat, and dairy and poultry products on sale, he said.
As the construction is not yet complete, Decena said that this month, auction market of live animals will be done in collaboration with various livestock associations in the province, to disperse animals that could boost their meat and dairy production.
They are now in talks with the General Services Office of the provincial government to cover the animals that will be auctioned, he added.
He also noted that the animals in the province are much cheaper compared to neighboring provinces as there are enough in Negros and even has a surplus.
Decena said that, apart from selling livestock, they also want the hub to be a venue for the farmers to learn how to increase their production and market it. He also wants to emphasize that PVO also offers various services apart from animal dispersal, he said.
Animals from the Negros First Ranch in Murcia and in the Provincial Livestock Breeding Center and Dairy Farm in La Granja, La Carlota City, will also be auctioned.
Decena said the facility will be open to all local livestock raisers and PVO accredited livestock organizations to help them boost their products through trainings in value-adding and marketing.
The animal hub will be beside the Bamboo Village and the planned Organic Village of the Provincial Agriculturist in Panaad. He said they are optimistic that it will be finished in April this year, in time for the 25 th Panaad sa Negros Festival.
“This will be a center of animal excellence in the province and a permanent structure to cater to the needs of our livestock raisers in developing their source of living,” Decena said. *MLG
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