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LDS spotlights farmers via first livestock, poultry congress

MARAWI CITY, Lanao del Sur (PIA)–Going on with the month-long celebration of Lanao del Sur’s 63rd founding anniversary, the provincial government here made sure all the euphoria would be felt by all its constituents, particularly farmers.

Lanao del Sur Provincial Veterinarian Dr. Al-Hussein Domaot states that the provincial government strives for food security which is why they are also initiating the convention of farmers to teach them necessary things which can be applied in nurturing their farms. (Claire R. Gigje/PIA-10/Lanao del Sur)

With the theme, “Innovations and Opportunities in a Healthy Animal Industry Towards a Sustainable Development,” the provincial government through its Provincial Veterinary Office (PVO) hosted the first-ever Livestock and Poultry Congress in the province on July 27 to bring together farmers from different municipalities of the province who were not usually reached by government services and be personally introduced to various aid that they could enjoy from various stakeholders. 

Sarimanok Poultry, a private business for poultry, joins the first livestock and poultry congress in the province of Lanao del Sur as a partner tapped by the Provincial Veterinary Office. (Claire R. Gigje/PIA-10/Lanao del Sur)

Gracing the event were some private companies such as Sarimanok Poultry, Fanreluche Enterprises, Inc., Lakpue Drug, Inc. (LDI), and Halal Development Institute of the Philippines (HDIP) as well as line agencies like the National Dairy Authority (NDA), Office of the Provincial Agriculturist (OPAg) and Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Agrarian Reform (MAFAR).

“Binibigyan natin ng oportunidad ang mga livestock at poultry farmers natin para makilala nila ang government at private stakeholders natin na makakabigay tulong sa kanilang industriya tulad ng pagmamanukan, pagbabakahan at pagkakambingan,” said Provincial Veterinarian Dr. Al-Hussein Domaot.

The Provincial Veterinary Office in Lanao del Sur leads the first-ever livestock and poultry congress to gather all farmers from different municipalities and make them learn of the benefits they can avail of. (Claire R. Gigje/PIA-10/Lanao del Sur)

[We are giving the opportunities to our livestock and poultry farmers so that they would get to know our government and private stakeholders which can give them help in their industry like poultry and livestock.]

He said the activity tackled relevant services that could be availed, how to make the poultry and livestock industry better and more flourished, and the proper ways how to take care of their animals on the farms. 

Apart from this, Domaot said the provincial government also strived for food security, thus, the perseverance of the PVO to enhance the agricultural sector through teaching the people comprising it. 

Seeing a lot of farmers attending the activity, he said they were already planning on conducting it anew in the next Araw ng Lanao del Sur in 2023 as part of their support, particularly to the livestock and poultry sector.

Domaot further assured the agricultural populace that the provincial government would continuously provide them with necessary assistance as they all aspire to achieve a better agricultural sector. 

“Palaging nakabukas ang mga opisina namin para sa inyong mga gustong katanungan o assistance na gusto ninyong makuha,” he said. 

[Our office is always open for your questions or assistance that you would like to have.]

The provincial veterinarian detailed that their office had already implemented various efforts and extended health services to municipalities in the province to bolster the agricultural sector. Among those previously conducted were the Veterinary Civic Action Program (VCAP), free rabies vaccine for pets every Monday at the PVO, and mass rabies vaccination in communities with a large number of pets such as the towns of Wao, Malabang, and Balabagan.

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