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Leyte pilots swine gene transfer technology in Tanauan

Tacloban City (November 26) -- The province of Leyte thru the Leyte Provincial Agriculture Office and the Department of Agriculture Region 8 has partnered with the Local Government of Tanauan, Leyte for the piloting of Swine Gene Transfer Technology for agribusiness development.

Mayor Roque Tiu said that the Provincial Agriculture Office thru Provincial Agriculturist Mr. Roger Portula and the Department of Agriculture Region 8 Program Manager Dr. Cerbito is piloting the Swine Gene Transfer Technology to Small Holder Farmers in Leyte in three Leyte towns, Alangalang, Palo and Tanauan.

Under the Agribusiness Development Project, the Department of Agriculture and the Province of Leyte is piloting high quality semen from the Gene Transfer Corporation or GTC Asia in Bacolod City, to improve the breed of the swine in the province.

The main objective of modern reproductive technologies in pig reproduction is to increase reproductive efficiency and rates of genetic improvement. They also offer potential for greatly extending the multiplication and transport of genetic materials and the conservation of unique genetic resources in reasonably available forms for possible future use.

The approach being undertaken is the verification and trial system, Provincial Agriculturist Portula said. This entails identification of the swine raisers in the municipality who will be tasked of observing if the gene transfer technology will improve their production.

This is still artificial insemination, Mr. Portula said. The only difference is the use of high quality semen which will be bought by the Province of Leyte.

The project will run for two years. If the technology will prove to be feasible, then the province of Leyte will recommend it for commercialization.

During the focused group discussion in Tanauan, Leyte on November 25, Ms. Marilyn Villamora, the assistant chief of the Research Division presented the overview of the project. Ms. Cora Dadizon of the ATI Region 8 then facilitated the focused group discussion with the selected swine farmer cooperators.

Characterization of the existing breed of swine available in Tanauan was also conducted through the interview of local sow raisers. This was followed by the presentation on Swine Management Orientation by Ms. Imelda de Veyra. (PIA 8) [top]

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