The Provincial Veterinary Office is creating a program to improve the genes of the local free-range chicken (FRC) in Negros Occidental, that will be called “Manok Negros” this year.
This will be implemented through its multiplier enhancement program for free-range chickens in Negros Occidental to boost its production and resistance to disease, Provincial Veterinarian, Dr. Renante Decena, said yesterday.
The FRC Multiplier Enhancement Program is PVO’s initiative to continue the genetic improvement of free-range chickens by infusing new bloodlines to avoid in-breeding and boost its production with good growth potential, good laying performance, and significantly disease resistant, with meat quality comparable to the native strain, he said.
With this, PVO is working not only to increase FRC production, but to also produce a genetically-improved strain of FRC, called “Manok Negros”, Decena added.
He said this program will take off in the second quarter of this year with new bloodlines sourced from the nucleus farm in the Provincial Livestock Breeding Center in La Carlota City.
The center is currently growing cockerels that are ready to breed by July to August of this year and will be distributed among 13 LGU-managed and 20 privately-operated multiplier farms in Neg. Occ.
Replaced roosters will be dispersed to qualified FRC raisers within the community that surrounds the multiplier farm, and properly evaluated by PVO district field personnel, he said.
Negros Occidental is known to be number one in FRC production nationwide, Decena said. He attributed this to the poultry dispersal project of the province that has maintained a nucleus farm in La Carlota, for more than 10 years.
PVO released, more or less, 17,000 hardened chicks to various peoples’ organizations and non-government organizations last year, records show.*
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