The Philippine Carabao Center at West Visayas State University (PCC@WVSU) based in Calinog Iloilo pushed for the enhancement of carabao-based enterprise development in Western Visayas.
Dir . Arn D. Granada said that PCC @ WVSU offers services such as carabao upgrading program, artificial insemination, bull loan program, technical assistance, enterprise establishment, and back-yard-based dairy production.
"These programs are anchored on Agri Pinoy livestock program aimed to increase productivity, provide alternative livelihood and develop carabao-based enterprise in order to maximize opportunities on raising carabao in the backyard level," said Dir. Granada.
Granada also recognizes the vital role of local government units, private sector and the carabao raisers association of Iloilo for the successful implementation of PCC programs in the region.
The PCC @ WVSU will be providing one Bulgraian Murrah Buffalo under its bull loan program to upgrade the existing native carabaos. This can be availed by interested individual or LGUs wherein a 25 breedable female carabaos must be present within three kilometers circumference or cluster barangays for the bull to serve, stressed Dir. Granada.
PCC also provides artificial insemination training to interested farmers or LGUs which focus on native upgrading program and for the establishment of AI center in their area. Training will be conducted at Ubay Stock Farm in Bohol. The training cost of P35,000.00 will be shouldered by PCC while the individual or LGU counterpart is the transportation cost only. (by James Earl E. Ogatis) /MP