The Agricultural Training Institute (ATI) joins the nation in recognizing the crucial role of livestock and poultry in the growth of the agriculture sector in line with the celebration of the first ever National Livestock and Poultry Month this year.
The Department of Agriculture (DA) will lead the celebration aimed at showcasing both of these industries despite recent challenges, as well as the efforts of partners and stakeholders which helped attain positive contribution to the sector’s gross value added (GVA). In the second quarter of 2021, the poultry subsector also logged a 2.5 percent growth rate and remains a “major bright spot” for spurring agricultural growth.
With the theme "Paghahayupan, Kabuhayang may Ani at Kita Kahit Pandemya," the celebration gives the Department an opportunity to strengthen its commitment to continue pushing for initiatives that will help livestock and poultry farmers increase their income despite the threats brought by the African swine fever and the COVID-19 pandemic.
The DA’s National Livestock Program (NLP) is tasked to lead the celebration, together with the Bureau of Animal Industry (BAI), National Dairy Authority (NDA), Philippine Carabao Center, National Meat Inspection Service (NMIS), and ATI-International Training Center on Pig Husbandry .
On October 4, a ribbon-cutting ceremony will be held at the BAI compound to kick off the celebration. DA officials led by Secretary William Dar will also grace the opening program to be held at the NMIS Hall, which will be streamed live via the NLP’s Facebook page.
As part of the series of virtual and physical events, a painting competition, webinars, exhibit, and food and beverage fair will be held by the different agencies. In addition, the NDA will also spearhead the Dairy Week on October 11-15, 2021.
For the topics and link to the registration of the webinars, visit the DA-NLP Facebook page at www.facebook.com/nlpda.