The Nagkakaisang Mamamayan ng Catarataraan sa Pangangalaga ng Kalikasan (Nagmacapak) received proper caring and management of swine and cattle on December 2013 to prepare for the establishment and implementation of Swine Dispersal and Fattening.
Facilitated by the Municipal Agriculture Office headed by Lux dela Cruz, together with her staff, the topics discussed ranged from backyard raising, shelter, housing, health and nutrition. Also tackled were the different breeds of swine, selections of guilt, breeding and types of breeding, breeding nutrition, farrowing management, care of new born, udder infection, pigs activities, diseases and common causes of diseases.
For ruminant management, backyard raising, anatomy and digestive system, selecting feeder stock, breeds of cattle, reproductive anatomy, system of breeding, types of mating, sign of pregnancy, branding, castration, management of forages, common diseases and causes were also discussed.
Nagmacapak had 46 members who attended the training. Haribon Foundation assisted the local community organization located in Barangay Catarataraan, Mangatarem, Pangasinan. Since members lack basic information on proper caring and management of the swine dispersal and fattening project, Haribon Foundation decided to conduct the training with help of the Municipal Agriculture Office.
Through a partnership agreement with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Region 1, activities and livelihood projects of the government’s National Greening Program (NGP) are supported by Haribon Foundation to ensure the organization’s involvement in conservation and protection of the forests.
The participants learned the proper caring and management of swines that may be applied during the project implementation. Part of the training was a writeshop on swine project policy lead by a Haribon site staff.
A week after the training, policies on the swine project have been passed and approved. The organization implemented the swine-fattening projects starting with 20 heads of piglets, which were then raffled off to 10 lucky members of Nagmacapak. Based on the policy, the organization will shoulder all the expenses until procurement.
This project aims to increase the added income received by members from the existing livelihood activities that will sustain the zero resource extraction activity in the community even beyond the Haribon and DENR interventions.
The organization members have generated data to contribute towards proper caring and management of swine that will help families from the local community that is centred to the protection and conservation of biodiversity and the people.