DA gives out 30 high breed cows worth over P1-M in NegOr

Mabinay Vice-Mayor Ernie "Jango" Uy (3rd from left) with officers of the Farm Family Association of Mabinay receiving the 10 cows from the officials of the Department of Agriculture. (Contributed photo)

NEGROS ORIENTAL, Jan. 8 (PIA) -- In response to the COVID 19 crisis, the Department of Agriculture (DA) here has turned over 30 heads of upgraded heifer or female cows to farmers in three municipalities in the province.

The female cows worth P39,900 each with a total of more than P1-M have been distributed to the municipalities of Pamplona, Mabinay, and Guihulngan City with 10 heads each.

DA-7 Livestock Coordinator Dr. Voltaire Zeam Amper said the animals are part of the Expanded Livestock and Poultry Production and Livelihood Project for COVID-19 Response under the Ahon Lahat, Pagkaing Sapat (ALPAS) Kontra sa COVID-19 Bayanihan I.

This project, he said ensures that during this pandemic, farmers will be able to produce their own food and have the opportunity to raise additional income for their family.

"Qualified beneficiaries of these animals for dispersal are farmer associations and members who are registered in the Registry System for Basic Sectors in Agriculture (RSBSA)," Amper said.

Sarah Perocho, agricultural program coordinating officer of DA, said the heifers were delivered and distributed to the Fatima Farmer Association of Pamplona, Farm Family Association of Mabinay, and Kapunungang Makugihong Mag-uuma of Guihulngan City.

"We really tried our best to deliver all these animals to the farmers as they are awaiting for these. Also, we consider the health of the animals," Perocho said.

Municipal Agriculturist Leilanie Malacapay of Mabinay said the farmer-beneficiaries of the project expressed their gratitude to DA for this livelihood project they received.

"Daku kaayo ilang pasalamat sa DA ilabi na kay Secretary Wiliam Dar nga ang ilang association usa sa napiling benepisaryo sa maong mga baka. Hinaot nga magpadayon ang ilang pagsuporta sa mga mag-uuma (They are grateful to DA especially to Secretary William Dar for selecting their association as one of the beneficiaries of the heifer cows. We hope that they will continue supporting the farmers)," Malacapay said.

Meanwhile, Amper also said that in Bohol, 30 heads of heifer were already delivered to farmers.

They are also awaiting the delivery of another 24 heads of uppgraded buffalos.

"For Siquijor, 19 heads heifer were also distributed," Amper said. (jct/PIA7 Negros Oriental)

Source: Philippines Information Agency (pia.gov.ph)

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