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Livestock improvement in Nueva Ecija seen



Photo credit: PCC website

CARRANGLAN, Nueva Ecija — The Philippine Carabao Center (PCC) and Central Luzon State University (CLSU), through its national bull farm located here, conducted trainings to local farmers on carabao artificial insemination that is seen to improve livestock production in the province of Nueva Ecija.

In a statement, the Department of Agriculture-Philippine Rural Development Project (DA-PRDP) — who conducted a two-day field documentation — stressed that it will be a cost-effective way to raise carabao genetic make-up without buying new bulls to breed.

The two-day field documentation and interview that were held this March was spearheaded by the DA-PRDP and was conducted thru the Project Support Office (PSO) in cooperation with the Regional Project Coordination Office (RPCO 3).

Meantime, the agencies documented a subproject identified under the Provincial Commodity Investment Plan (PCIP).

Under the PCIP of Nueva Ecija, these artificial insemination trainings aim to impart sufficient knowledge to selected members of dairy cooperatives in breeding carabaos with semen collected from a superior bull for a higher rate of pregnancy and calf drop.

According to Supervising Officer Cristina Elliana, the PCIP is an effective platform that has been instrumental in recognizing the necessary mediations of local government units (LGU) and farmers that are funded by PRDP counterparts.

Elliana said that that there are seven priority commodities in Nueva Ecija — ampalaya; onion; goat; aromatic and pigmented rice; mango; tomato; carabao and carabao-based products.
“With this, carabao was among the eligible commodities funded by participating LGU,” Elliana said.

The practice of artificial insemination in livestock is increasing to preserve the quality and rarity of breeds but because of the coronavirus disease 2019 pandemic, the training are only given to a small group of participants, but are held in batches to provide training to almost all farmers in Nueva Ecija.