Regional director for Western Visayas of the Department of Agriculture, Remelyn Recoter, is calling for research specialists of the two major research stations in Negros Occidental to conduct more researches to provide new technologies for livestock farmers of the province, a press statement from the DA-Region 6 said.
In her recent visit to the provincial livestock research stations in the cities of La Carlota and Himamaylan this week, Recoter emphasized that one of the mandates of the department is to improve the services being provided to its stakeholders.
Recoter said the two stations need more improvement, especially in equipment and facilities in order to continue and provide good quality services to the farmers, and also, to ensure the quality of researches to both small and large ruminants.
Jabez Ilacan, officer-in-charge for the La Carlota Center said that one of the problems of the station is the lack of buildings for the production and research. The 44-hectare research center of La Carlota focuses mainly on the production of large ruminants like cattle.
The Himamaylan satellite research station, on the other hand, focuses on the production and research of small ruminants such as goats and sheep. The station is also in need of additional farm equipment to be used in the preparation of their production areas.
Himamaylan Station officer-in-charge Bobby Java said they are requesting for additional farm equipment such as four-wheel drive tractor with implements to be used in the preparation of their production areas. “Undeveloped areas of the station will be fully utilized once the perimeter fences are finished,” he said.
The site visits enabled Recoter to identify problems that she promised to find possible solutions.
Aside from the visit to the research station, Recoter met with Himamaylan City Mayor Ernesto Bascon and Vice Mayor Carminia Bascon. They discussed the possibility of concreting the way to the research station. Mayor Bascon expressed his support to the project and is positive that Himamaylan will be the first to benefit from this intervention from the agriculture department, the press report added.*
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