French ambassador inaugurates 1st poultry dressing plant in Abra
by Maritess B. Benas
Pidigan, Abra (19 June) -- French Ambassador Thierry Borja de Mozota, Agriculture Secretary Bernie Fondevilla and Provincial Governor Eustaquio P. Bersamin led the inauguration of the first poultry dressing plant in the province Thursday, June 18.
The poultry dressing plant is owned and operated by Pamora Farm, a joint Filipino-European venture located in Brgy. Garreta, Pidigan.
The dressing plant is an expansion project of the Pamora Farm which started its Eco-Agri Tourism operation in March 2000 as a small-scale farm undertaking primarily engaged in the production of free-range chicken, more popularly known as the sasso chicken.
In an interview with Dr. Michael Crisologo, veterinary consultant of Pamora Farm, the production of free-range chicken uses the method of animal husbandry where the chickens are allowed to roam freely instead of being contained in a cage where they are forced to grow super fast in just about five weeks. The free-range chicken are allowed to grow slowly for a period of 12 weeks for real flavor and quality chicken meat.
Crisologo further explained the principle of free-range method of growing chicken allowing the chickens to live at their instinctual behavior in a reasonably natural way. The free-range chickens, like the native chickens, roam on field areas to forage with minimum eight hours daylight. Aside from their daily ration of milled yellow corn, the free-range chickens eat whatever organic food they could find on the ground like grass and insect.
Tina Morados, General Manager of the Pamora Farm took pride on the fully-integrated free-range farming and business of free-range chicken from raising, growing, dressing to packaging and distribution of ready-to-cook and ready-to-eat free-range chickens.
Aside from raising the French bred free-range chickens, the Pamora Farm's Eco-Agri Tourism business venture is also engaged in cultivating organic vegetables, orchard farming like raising carabao mangoes, and other tropical fruit trees. It is also into forestry like planting of teakwood and various hardwood species such as narra and mahogany and other endangered Philippine trees as the company's contribution to the efforts of the province in regreening the environment. (PIA-Abra) [top]