Palawan’s private investors are encouraging rural landowners to venture into goat raising and take advantage of the forthcoming opening of trade links with Malaysia and other neighboring markets.
In a press conference Thursday, the Palawan Economic Development Council (PEDCo) announced plans to make the province Asia’s “goat capital” in about two years by targetting a capability to export at least 20,000 heads of goats to Malaysia alone annually.
PEDCo chair Cipriano Barroma said they have been encouraging families and investors with suitable lands to help raise some 20,000 goats to meet the demand in Malaysia, Brunei, and other neighboring Islamic countries.
“Tinanong namin sa market bakit walang karne ng kambing at ang sabi wala kasing makuhanan dahil alam nila na walang malaking market ang kambing. Hindi siya katulad ng sa baboy, manok, at baka na merong market. I could say na ang goat dispersal natin ay still in its infancy stage,” he said.
He explained PEDCo is working with the provincial government’s goat dispersal livelihood program to establish the industry for eventual trading with BIMP-EAGA countries.
Barroma said they are confident of meeting their target production in two years.
“Last month lang, pumunta kami sa Malaysia at Brunei, maraming order sa atin, at unang-una ‘yong goat natin. Kaya si Governor Jose Alvarez, ay seryoso sa dispersal ng goat sa Palawan. Sila kasi ay mga Muslim countries at ang number one demand nila ay goat,” he said.
The Palawan Economic Development Council (PEDCo) is targeting to make the province Asia’s “goat capital” in two years in time for the operation of the roll-on, roll-off (RORO) connectivity between the Philippines and Malaysia.
“Ang problema lang talaga dito is kung saan kukuha ng pang-disperse. Pero nag-start na tayo ngayon — halimbawa sa Brooke’s Point sa mga barangay sa highway area sa mga ilalim ng niyog, puwede ang goat-raising. Kung meron kayong alam na mayroong mga lupa na five to 10 hectares at gusto nilang mag-alaga ng kambing, puwede silang pumunta sa amin,” he stated.
Elmer Zita, PEDCo spokesperson, noted that the provincial government has already introduced the farming of Napier grass as food for livestock raising, especially goats.
“We are trying to insinuate this idea na pwedeng maging goat capital ang Palawan. So, we are selling this mindset na kung magsipag ang Palaweño na bawat pamilya ay may kambing kasama na dyan ang Napier grass, in two years time pwedeng mangyari ito,” Zita said.
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