CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (PIA)–The Department of Agriculture-Regional Field Office (DA-RFO)-10 under its Cattle Fattening Feedlot Program (CFFP) has delivered 50 heads of cattle to Lopez Jaena, Misamis Occidental.
Said distribution completes the P3.5 million worth cattle dispersal project, comprising of 100 heads to the local government of Lopez Jaena.
Of which, half of the municipal’s total allocation has already been delivered, early February, of this year.
Still part of the CFFP, DA-RFO 10 Livestock Program Coordinator Maria Lourdes M. Sypiecco said P100,000 worth of drugs and biologics such as electrolytes, antibacterial, levamisole, minerals injectable, vitamin AD3 and wound spray were likewise handed over to said town.
Additionally, the livestock coordinator reported, P1.4 million will also be downloaded to said local government for the procurement of cattle feeds and to defray for other miscellaneous expenses.
Lopez Jaena Mayor Michael P. Gutierrez said they will ensure that the cattle will be nourished in their designated feedlot, and in a couple of months will be artificially inseminated before its dispersal to qualified beneficiaries.
Target recipients are those listed under the Registry System for Basic Sectors in Agriculture (RSBSA) and are deemed capable of rearing the cattle and have already grown forage plants in their area.
He added every farmer-beneficiary will be provided with three heads of cattle; and for each cattle, one offspring has to be given back to LGU-Lopez Jaena to be nourished and be passed on to another recipient.
He emphasized said project is beneficial to the marginalized farmers, especially during this difficult time.
“Kung mudaghan na ang mga baka sa mga farmers, mahimo na sila makapamaligya niini. Dakong tabang sa ila ang baka tungod kay mas dali kini ibaligya panahon sa mga emerhensiya,” Gutierrez stated.
(As soon as the cattle are multiplied, farmers can sell them to earn some income. It will be helpful for them since cattle are easier to sell in times of emergency)
Municipal Agriculturist Godofredo R. Pacana, Jr. added that the sustainability of said project is likely high since beneficiaries are properly screened according to their capacity; thereby paving way for more farmers to benefit from it.
CFFP is a P5 million project of DA-National Livestock Program, funded under the Bayanihan Act II, which aims to intensify cattle feedlot farming among smallhold farmers, maximizing the use of abundant farm by-products in the rural areas. (DA10/PIA10)