A P377-million Agriculture department aid program for livestock and poultry will be given to cooperatives “clusters” of 15 farmers or more affected by the pandemic and various animal diseases, with the group channels designed to improve distribution efficiency.
Agriculture Secretary William D. Dar said qualified beneficiaries will initially receive animals to revive their herds and flocks and serve as an additional source of income.
“We aim to help farm families recover from the loss of jobs due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and those whose hogs and poultry stocks were depopulated due to the African Swine Fever or avian influenza (bird flu), respectively,” Mr. Dar said.
He said beneficiaries must belong to a group of at least 15 farmers, or a cooperative, association, or organization.
The project will be implemented by the Bureau of Animal Industry and falls under the DA’s National Livestock Program.
The DA said beneficiaries are expected to realize earnings in as little as two months for those involved in broiler production, while those in the layer chicken and livestock sectors can benefit within four to six months.
The project will also provide animal feed and farm equipment.
The poultry restocking part of the program includes P15,000 worth of broiler chicks; P55,000 worth of hens, roosters, feed, and incubators for native chicken and egg producers; and ducks and drakes at P35,000 worth of ducks and drakes for duck and duck egg producers.
The livestock component involves P25,000 worth of piglets and feed; and P30,000 to P120,000 worth of goats or carabaos. — Revin Mikhael D. Ochave