M’LANG, North Cotabato – With the directive of the Department of Agriculture (DA) Secretary Emmanuel Piñol to intensify national livestock, dairy and poultry program especially for smallholders, Agricultural Training Institute (ATI) OIC-Director Luz Taposok announced that the Institute will be spearheading more livestock training programs across different regions.
In the recent roll-out of the “Back to Basics – Scientific and Sustainable Livestock and Poultry Production” in Region 12, Taposok explained that the seminar is strategically implemented following the current administration’s agricultural agenda to make food available and affordable for every Filipino family.
Taposok said that the program is also in line with the instruction of the National Agriculture and Fisheries (NAF) Council by virtue of Resolution No. 3 Series of 2017, that all livestock training courses should be principally implemented by the ATI in coordination/collaboration to other concerned agencies.
According to the OIC-Director, the livestock and poultry sub sector in agriculture is central to our economic development. “More than food production, the industry helps generate income, employment and several contributions to rural advancement.”
Furthermore, Taposok stated that the activity in collaboration with DA, serves as a reminder of the basic practices in livestock and poultry that are proven beneficial even at present.
(“Ang aktibidad na ito sa pagtutulungan ng DA, at ATI ay magsisilbing paalala sa mga tradisyunal ngunit kapaki-pakinabang na kaalaman at kasanayan sa livestock at poultry production.”)
She urged the participants to go back to basics and maximize the support (starter kits) given to them.
“With our hands joined together, let us achieve economic progress through the traditional farming practices. Technology and innovation are significant but let us not forget to go back to the practices that have been effective especially in poultry and livestock production,” Taposok remarked.
(“Hawak kamay nating paunlarin ang ekonomiya sa pamamagitan ng mga tradisyunal na pamamaraan ng pagsasaka. Mahalaga man ang teknolohiya at inobasyon, huwag nating kalimutang balikan ang mga naunang paraan ng pagsasaka partikular na sa produksyon ng itik, manok at ng iba’t ibang uri ng karne.”)
The Advocacy Campaign Seminar on Scientific and Sustainable Livestock and Poultry (free-range chicken and itik Pinas) Production was held last March 21, 2018 in M’lang Municipal Gymnasium.