Farmers avail of dairy goat project
by Mark BU Laride
Zamboanga City (15 July) -- The Department of Agriculture (DA) provides direction to enhance and sustain the development of local dairy industry and complement the government's effort of mitigating hunger and minimizing nutrition problems in the countryside, especially in the priority provinces.
Thus the birth of the Dairy Goat Development Project (DGDP) in order to put emphasis on herd build-up through an appropriate animal loan scheme in cooperation with DA's attached agencies.
To date, a total of 170 heads dairy goat are already in the hands of qualified raisers. Recipients from Zamboanga del Sur loaned a total of 41 heads, Zamboanga Sibugay availed 67 heads, 36 for Zamboanga del Norte, 21 for Zamboanga City and five for Isabela City. The dairy goats come from Davao del Sur and Australia.
The beneficiaries availed the loan based on the recommendation of the Municipal Agriculturist through their Livestock technician and after the initial and final validation conducted by the offices of the City and Provincial Veterinarian and the DA regional office respectively. The beneficiaries for imported dairy goats must be an existing commercial goat raiser within the dairy zone area; preferably a member of association affiliated with Federation of Goat and Sheep Producers and Association of the Philippines, Inc. (FGASPAPI); and has attended the project briefing/seminar and training. Recipients for locally purchased upgraded dairy goats must have engaged and/or have experience in raising goats; sufficient source of grasses or legumes and other forage materials; goat houses/shed; financially capable of providing feed supplements and biologics, and capability to repay animals received.
According to Dr. Victorino Guillermo, DA-Livestock Banner Coordinator a doe gestates twice a year with a minimum of two kids. One or three kids occur in rare cases.
The mode of payment for imported dairy goats must be in-kind. The repayment animal must pass the evaluation criteria in the scorecard set by the DGDP Technical Working group (TWG). Payment period is within three years upon receipt of the animals.
The Repayment Scheme for first-line beneficiaries has two options. The first option is to repay three heads buck (male goat) for every buck received, at least 75% upgraded and at least 20kg and 6-8months old. Three heads doe (female goat) for every doe received, at least 75% upgraded and at least 20kg and 6-8 months old. Their second option is to repay two heads buck for every buck received, purebred offspring and at least 20kg and 6-8months old. For every doe received, they will repay two heads doe for every animal received, purebred offspring at least 20kg and 6-8 months old.
Recipients of locally upgraded goats must repay one doe for every doe received. This may be an offspring of the doe received or out-sourced. The doe must be at least 5months old, at least 20kg and at least 50% upgraded dairy goat. Recipients of a buck must repay one offspring or out-sourced. However, buck recipients need not repay if the animal produced 50 kids within one and a half year upon receipt. This must be certified by the technician in their area.
The primary responsibility of a beneficiary is to maintain the animals in good health to maximize its capability for milk production. The beneficiary must also abide with other DGDP requirements and guidelines.
The recipients must also take care and extend technical support and logistics to the goats which shall be subject to periodic inspection by the DA-RFU IX and respond immediately in case the animal gets sick for examination and treatment. (DA9) [top]