Goat raisers in Balabac learn the proper technique of silage-making, a process of fermenting grass that can be fed to goats, particularly during droughts or scarcity of food. (Photo from ProVet)

[UPDATED May 28, 2024] Fifty goat farmers from the town of Balabac participated in the livestock training organized by the Department of Agriculture-Special Area for Agricultural Development (DA-SAAD) and the Provincial Veterinary Office (ProVet) in the first week of this month.

Dr. Darius Mangcucang, chief of ProVet, said in a statement released by the Provincial Information Office (PIO) on Thursday that the training, which took place from April 30 to May 2, was designed to educate farmers on effective goat rearing methods, including proper nutrition and healthcare practices for sick goats.

They were beneficiaries of the SAAD Phase 2 Program in Balabac, specifically members of the Rural Improvement Club-Caguisan and the Carwang Danglis Maubas Farmers Association.

He added that, in addition to that, the goat farmers were also trained in silage-making, a process of fermenting grass that can be fed to goats, particularly during droughts or scarcity of food.

“Ang Provincial Veterinary Office ay parating nakaalalay sa ating mga livestock farmers, lalo na sa pagbibigay kaalaman sa wastong pag-aalaga at pagpaparami ng ating mga hayop, [lalo na’t] kailangan natin ng seguridad sa pagkain,” he said.

“Gayundin, tayo ay kaagapay ng Department of Agriculture (DA) sa pagpapaunlad ng livestock farming sa ating lugar,” he added.

Dr. June Clyde Descallar, head of the Animal Health Services, and Delfin Vasquez of ProVet, served as trainers for the participants.

At the same time, the Department of Agriculture (DA) Regional and Provincial Program Management Support Office of the Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) MIMAROPA also conducted training on proper pig and chicken care to share expertise in their respective regional assignments.

DA-MIMAROPA Regional Technical Director for Research and Regulations Director Dr. Celso C. Olido, Regional Lead of SAAD MIMAROPA Marissa Vargas, and other representatives from the aforementioned department personally attended the training.