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Ifugao PVET to distribute animals to disadvantaged groups

by Vency D. Bulayungan

Lagawe, Ifugao (31 October) -- In a bid to protect the most vulnerable sectors from threat and consequences of reduced or loss of income as a consequence of the global economic crisis, the Provincial Veterinary (PVET) Office here will distribute swine and goats to disadvantaged groups in the different municipalities here.

Antonio Taguilingon, Agriculturist II of the PVET here said that they will distribute 144 heads of swine to displaced workers, out of school youth and overseas workers in six municipalities and 90 heads of goats in three towns in the province. This project is in line with the Comprehensive Livelihood Emergency Employment Program (CLEEP) of the national government.

The swine will be distributed to the municipalities of Kiangan, Asipulo, Tinoc, Lagawe, Mayoyao, and Hingyon while the goats are for Lamut, Alfonso Lista and Aguinaldo. The farm families can utilize available backyard pasture for their livelihood, he said.

Taguilinon disclosed that before said animals will be given to the beneficiaries, they should undergo first trainings. The farmers will be trained first to raise the animals to be able to increase food production, decrease hunger incidence, promote good nutrition by teaching them to eat goat meat which has low cholesterol and to drink goats' milk which is nutritious, he added.

This can also generate income and employment and create new job opportunities by value adding goat products and thus help alleviate poverty, Taguilinon said. Considering the much shorter gestation period of these animals, cash inflows come faster, he added. (PIA-Ifugao) [top]

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