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Multi-million investments
coming to NegOcc PVO
BY MARK L. GARCIA

 

Multi-million investments in commercial farming of broiler chickens are coming to Negros Occidental this year, the Provincial Veterinary Office reported yesterday.

Dr. Renante Decena, in an interview, said five to 10 commercial farm investors are now applying with the PVO for the government’s assistance to establish a large-scale farm that could house up to 100,000 live chickens.

Each of these farms cost from P35 million to P50 million, including the facility, building, labor, and other expenses, Decena added.

He said that the growing number of commercial farms in Negros is a big boost to increase the poultry production in the province, as these applicants will apply modern technologies, like mechanization, in the management of these farms.

BUSINESS RELOCATION

Decena said most of these investors are from Luzon and Mindanao, and are relocating due to the suitable weather and upbeat economy of the province.

Earlier, he said that the prices of meat and poultry in Negros are cheaper than in neighboring provinces, that is why more traders are buying the meat from local livestock raisers and producers.

Negros has suitable weather because typhoons do not pass by the province often, its location, where farm animals can easily be transported, and good local economy, are just among the considerations the investors noted, Decena said.

Earlier reports have also said that the local broiler chicken supply in Neg. Occ. was depleted last December due to the high demand from other provinces caused by the bird flu outbreak in Pampanga.

These investments in broiler chicken will not employ many as most of the facilities will be mechanized, he said, adding that they might employ just one to two workers to operate automated farm processes.

GROWING INDUSTRY

With the growing poultry industry, Decena said PVO is now open and interested to cater to these commercial farm investors but these must observe provincial ordinances on biosecurity and public health.

“We will allow them, but they should follow ordinances like the distance of the farm from the residential area, and water systems, among others,” he said.

Every commercial farm has four sub-farms that could house 30,000 chickens and it should be within the 5-hectare limit under a provincial ordinance, Decena said.

A farm is considered commercial if it houses more than 1,000 chickens. In the case of these new investors, the operations are large-scale and they have enhanced facilities for broiler chicken, like automated ventilation to adjust the room temperature suitable for livestock, Decena said.

Currently, there are nine poultry integrators in the province and they will provide chicks for these commercial farms, if they are established, he added.

PANAAD PARTICIPATION

Meanwhile, poultry integrators, through their group, the Association of Broiler Integrators of Negros Occidental, will participate in this year’s Panaad sa Negros Festival next month.

Decena said they will have an ABINO Day during the weeklong celebration of the provincial festival and these integrators will also participate in the Lechonaad, a parade of lechon around the Panaad Stadium in Mansilingan.

He said there will be 84 “lechon baboy” from the hog raisers association in the province to be paraded during the event, while the nine integrators will also parade 30 lechon manok each.

The PVO will also conduct a seminar on commercial broiler farming during the festival to encourage more farmers to go into this kind of business.

The new entrants in the commercial farm industry in the province are also expected to participate in the Panaad Festival.*MLG

 

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