SANTA BARBARA, Pangasinan – Aside from its promising income opportunity and contribution in the livestock sector, goat production also supports the milk and dairy industry in the Philippines.
Officer-in-Charge (OIC) Director Luz Taposok of the Agricultural Training Institute (ATI) highlighted this versatile role of goat raising in her message during the Commencement Ceremony of the School-on-the-Air (SOA) on Integrated Goat Production Management.
Taposok stated, “Malaki ang potensiyal ng industriya ng kambing, tupa at iba pang katulad na hayop na “small ruminants” sa ating bansa upang maiangat ang kabuhayan sa kanayunan.”
(Goat, sheep, and other small ruminant production can greatly contribute in uplifting lives in the countryside.)
According to the OIC-Director, goat farming only entails simple and low-cost maintenance but provides various benefits including meat and milk sources as well as manure.
“With the new technologies and good practices on integrated goat production and management that you have learned through the SOA, you can now maximize the various opportunities of goat farming and bring significant changes both for your farm families and communities,” she further addressed the graduates.
Taposok expressed that ATI has been implementing various distance learning activities such as the SOA with the help of other development partners to bridge barriers and reach those who are in need.
Similarly, Pangasinan Vice Governor Jose Ferdinand Calimlim guaranteed the support of the provincial government to the farmer graduates.
The SOA began its broadcast over DZRD Sonshine Radio 981 Khz Dagupan on February 20, 2018 with the theme, “Sagoat sa Wastong Pag-aalaga ng Kambing, ATIng Alamin.”
Some 1,300 goat raisers, farmers, students and agricultural extension workers from Pangasinan attended the SOA Graduation Ceremony held last June 26, 2018 at the Multi-Purpose Hall of ATI in Region I.