ZAMBOANGA DEL NORTE – The Upgraded Native Swine Production Project in Polanco is looking good as the 12 native black pigs provided to De Venta Perla Farmers’ Association are steadily reproducing.
According to the Department of Agriculture (DA) – Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) Program in the province, there are already 11 piglets and six gestating sows as of 16th of May 2019.
Perfect for animal raising, 10 ready-to-breed upgraded sows and two boars were given to the 35 members of the association on December 6, 2018. The pigs are sturdy, disease-resistant, and perfect for free range.
The pigs were kept temporarily in a simple pig pen under the tree shades while the installation of the free-range fence with post and shed is ongoing.
Feeding was mixed with a half portion of commercial feeds and mainly with boiled tubers & leaves, rice & corn bran, cassava, madre de agua leaves, and mature coconut meat.
The association now focuses on expanding the number of their pigs for the growing market of native swine as lechon.
Similar project was also implemented in Barangay Sas, Gutalac; Barangay Tugop, Kalawit; and Barangays Desin & Uba, Piñan. ###
Writer: Jhomai Canlas, SAAD PR & Communications Officer