April 21, 2014
During his recent trip to Bicol, Department of Agriculture Undersecretary for Operations (Livestock) Jose C. Reaño visited the different livestock facilities of the DA in Bicol and conducted briefing with DA-5 top officials on his major plans for the livestock and poultry industry in the region. He made the inspection of the facilities on April 14 to 16, 2014, following the turnover of the Mini-Liquid Nitrogen Generating Plant in Masbate City.
First in the list is the Naga City Goat Farm owned by Dr. Rufo Llorin which is a nucleus farm accredited by the Bureau of Animal Industry (BAI). Usec Reaño committed to provide dairy goats, forage chopper and shrubs planting materials under the DA Livestock and Poultry Program. He also instructed Raymond Marcelino, regional Livestock Program coordinator to do an analysis on the soil condition and nutrient content of the pasture grasses in the goat farm which will be conducted by the DA Soils and Feed laboratories respectively.
Usec. Reaño also visited the Native Chicken Production project at the DA 5 compound in Pili, Camarines Sur. It is a new project jointly of the DA Bicol and BAI under the Philippine Native Animal Development Program (PNAD) aimed to develop the “Camarines” strain of native chicken.
He instructed BAI director to provide other strains and species of native chicken and pigs as well as purebred pigs as he envisioned the project to be a show window for biogas production in the region in support to climate change mitigation efforts.
His next destination was the Regional Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory (RADDL) in Cabangan, Camalig, Albay. Usec Reaño ordered the RADDL to set aside funds for the procurement of reagents and for the continuous trainings of laboratory personnel on latest developments in diagnostic procedures.
He also visited the Sorsogon Dairy Farm in Cabid-an, Sorsogon City, the center for dairy development in the region. It will also become a Multiplier Farm for Goats under the PL480 project. Usec. Reaño envisioned it as a show window on the different improved production technologies on crops and livestock integration.
He also dropped by the DA regional office in Pili where he had a brief interaction with DA Regional Executive Director Abelardo R. Bragas, other top officials and employees.(Lovella P. Guarin)