GOING FOR GOAT PRODUCTION. Another agricultural undertaking garners support from Gov. Cua to increase goat production in Catanduanes.
Governor Joseph C. Cua highlighted to the members of Catanduanes Goat and Sheep Raisers Association (CAGSRA) that it’s about time to give attention to goat raising.
“Goat as well as sheep production is a dormant treasure of our island, only waiting to the right time to come out,” the chief executive remarked.
He added that with a cheaper maintenance, goat and sheep production guarantees multi-purpose livestock production such as meat, milk, fiber and manure that will further result to employment and livelihood and stability for the people in the province.
In his message during the two-day training for Goat Production and Management and Forage and Pasture Development conducted by Agricultural Training Institute (ATI), Regional Training Center-5 in partnership with the Provincial Government through the Provincial Veterinary Office at Rakdell Inn in Virac last Nov. 14-15 said that the training is a breakthrough to the field of agricultural production.
Assuring the raisers of his support, he committed of whatever he can share to the association to further its development.
Provincial Veterinary Officer, Dr. Jane Rubio said that goat production in Catanduanes is very low with about 1,200 population increasing only to 2.5%each year compared before which reached to almost 7,000, but now with the joint effort of ATI and the Provincial Government it is beginning to be addressed.
ALL EARS TO THE SPEAKER. Members and officers of the Catanduanes Goat and Sheep Raisers Association listen to the message of Dr. Jane Rubio during the training who encouraged them to internalize the management aspect of goat production.
Said training is under the TIER 2 program of ATI for the identified 22 priority provinces in the country which aims to increase agricultural productivity towards food security and poverty alleviation.
Meanwhile, CAGSRA which was organized on February this year by the Provincial Veterinary Office was the first livestock association chosen to be the beneficiary of the training and the after training support to also serve as the partner of ATI, Department of Agriculture and the Provincial Government in enriching the goat industry in Catanduanes.
Training Specialist III of ATI, Mr. Cirlo Nuyles assured that the beneficiaries will be provided with livestock sources after the training, although there are still arrangements for the procurement of the supply.
As the link of CAGSRA to avail of the program implemented by ATI, PVET will be the one to identify the breed or stocks of goat that will be provided to its members.
In behalf of ATI, Mr. Nuyles hopes that the agricultural undertaking would be of great help to the association and in the province as a whole.
Earlier, in her opening remarks, Provincial Veterinarian Officer Dr. Jane Rubio thanked ATI for sponsoring the training together with the after training support.
“Sana po after this training, mainternalize ta po, yung management aspect of goat production para po mapaasenso at madagdagan po ang kita nindo,” she added.
On the other hand, with the assistance of municipalities, ATI was able to determine and provide the needs of priority communities in the province in terms of agriculture according to Mr. Nuyles.
“So lahat ng mga munisipyo dito ay nagtraining na saamin at na-identify na namin ang mga pangangailangan nila” he highlighted adding that other municipalities focused on rice production, swine production and vegetable production.
UNITED TO IMPROVING LIVESTOCK FARMERS. Beneficiaries of the training on the goat production conducted by Agricultural Training Institute-Regional Training Center 5 shows enthusiasm in developing goat industry to improve income of livestock farmers in the province.