SAN MATEO, Isabela. While hog raising is the most common source of additional income to farmers, the low number of boars is a problem in producing high quality piglets. In response, the artificial insemination (AI) sa Barangay Project promotes the production of high quality pigs.
The AI sa Barangay is a National Backyard Poultry and Swine Development Project of the Department of Agriculture that promotes commercialization of the small-hold poultry and swine raising.
The project aims to provide high quality semen at an affordable price which will lessen the production cost and increase profit to raisers. It also aims to produce high quality piglets and finishers; and lessen the occurrence of reproductive diseases, which causes great loss to hog raisers.
A requirement to becoming a recipient should have an estimated 200 sows to be served in the locality to produce at least 2,888 finishers in a year. The San Mariano Breeding Center, San Mariano, Isabela, Cabarroguis Breeding Center, Cabarroguis, Quirino and De Fiesta AI Center, Diadi, Nueva Vizcaya were qualified as the first recipients of the project.
As a start-up support to the cooperators, the ATI in Region 02 provided two junior boars (crossbreed of Pietrain and Duroc), AI equipment and consumables, laboratory equipment, feeds and refrigerator. The said support was awarded during the ATI 32nd anniversary celebration. “All our dreams can come true if we have the courage to pursue them,” said Mr. Dante de Fiesta after receiving the support. He is a trained Barangay Animal Health Worker from Diadi, Nueva Vizcaya and one of the recipients of the said project.
The three AI Centers are now ready to cater the hog raisers in their community and adjacent municipalities.