The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) in partnership with two universities in the province will study the possibility of breeding the Palawan native chicken “paraokan” to develop its population for production and marketing in commercial scale.
Of the several strains of native chickens in the Philippines like the “sampen” of Zamboanga, and “darag” of Bicol, paraoakan is the biggest of them all. It has long legs, bigger body than the rest, long neck, and bigger head.
Dr. Synan Baguio, officer-in-charge of the Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquatic, and Natural Resources Research and Development (PCAARRD) of DOST, said the study will be in partnership with Palawan State University (PSU) and Western Philippines University (WPU).
“The government research institutions will produce the output then ang output na ‘yan will be transferred to private farms for them to use together with the technology na made-develop, “ Baguio said in a meeting held Wednesday at the Yamang Bukid farm in Barangay Bacungan.
He said the agriculture farm Yamang Bukid will pioneer the mass production of paraokan, which it will later disperse to interested farmers.
Baguio expressed confidence that once studies are complete and is out in the market, there will be a high demand for the Palawan native chicken in the country because of the shift in consumer preferences for poultry meat that has unique taste, flavor, and texture.
“If we will use the studies and experiences of other regions meron talagang malaking demand,” he said.
He added that the challenges facing native chicken producers are meeting the high demand and the quality the market requires.
“We will increase production but we will not allow the price to go down,” he added.
Since 2002, the Department of Agriculture (DA) has been conducting research on the improvement of native chicken breeds because compared to others, native chickens are inferior when it comes to egg and meat production but can be economical to raise because they require less feeds as they are free-range.
It has high resilience to disease having remained free from avian influenza that wrought havoc on the poultry industries of neighboring Asian countries.