Going back to the Basics in Southern Leyte

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Maasin City, S. Leyte - With the rising commercialization of conventional practices in poultry and livestock management, “Go back to the basics” is the government’s battle cry in promoting the production of safer and healthier meat, eggs, and milk and the preservation and promotion of native breeds of poultry and livestock.

Through its partnership with the National Livestock Program (NLP), the Agricultural Training Institute – Regional Training Center 8 (ATI-RTC 8) continues the conduct of the Back to Basics that would promote native chickens, ducks, and goats and to sustain the production of these commodities through natural practices. These for the purpose of alleviating farmers, and poultry and livestock growers from poverty and help the local economy.

With the one-day activity, lecturers emphasized the benefits of chicken, ducks, and goats and how these commodities can become lucrative home-based businesses. Participants were also taught the proper care and management of these animals in order to produce healthy and safe products such as native chicken meat, eggs from itik (Mallard duck), and dairy milk from goats. Participants also consulted the speakers about their observations managing these animals, from health care, breeding, and disease management.

“The topics were very relevant to us farmers and I’m happy to have my knowledge about the production and management of these commodities enhanced.” said Mr. George Itchon, a participant from Maasin City. “However, if we, participants just receive this knowledge and do not apply them, sooner or later we will forget them.” He hopes that the government would link them to financial institutions to help boost their production because they know they have a unique market especially when the ASEAN integration comes to play.

Mr. Winston Dy, a participant from Hinunangan, was thankful for the opportunity and sees that the learnings gained from the program opens a lot of opportunities not just for livelihood but also a source of food for the home.
“Kayo lahat ang bida dito.” Said Dr. Renato Distrajo, the Livestock Program Coordinator of the DA-RFO 8. “All of us must work together. If we do it alone, we can’t sustain the supply in the market.” He said that to fully maximize the industry of livestock and poultry farmers must be organized so that more opportunities will be opened.

ATI-OIC Center Director, Ms. Hazel Grace Taganas also encouraged the participants to share their learnings to the farmers who missed out on the opportunity of attending the training. Through this, farmers will be more marketable if knowledge is being passed from one to another.

One hundred and seventy-five (175) participants from different municipalities in Southern Leyte attended the Back to Basics: Scientific and Sustainable Poultry Production held on August 13, 2019 at Tagnipa Gym, Maasin City, Southern Leyte.