TABUK CITY, Kalinga: The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) has allotted at least P50 million to revive the dying Philippine native pig industry in the province.
DOST officials said the project will be undertaken with the Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquatic and Natural Resources Research and Development (PCAARRD), which is attached to the science department, to conduct a research and development programs on the conservation, improvement and profitable utilization of the Philippine native pig.
Synan Baguio, DOST-PCAARRD officer-in-charge, said that aside from helping address local food security, the native pig industry can be a potential source of income for farmers.
Baguio said funds have been distributed to eight partner state colleges and universities (SCUs), and the National Swine and Poultry Agency for a five-year research program that started in 2015.
Recently the DOST-PCAARRD held the 11th National Research and Development Team Meeting that was hosted by Kalinga State University here for the conservation and development of the native pig.
“While the direction in modern findings today is geared towards improvement and production of hybrid products, we are also bringing the native animal enhancement and development to public attention,” Baguio said.
He explained that because of its value to tourism and significance to culture, there is therefore a need for the Philippines to venture into the enhanced production of native animals like the native pig.
“Tourists love to visit destinations to experience community life and the distinct delicacies while tribes in the country often use native animals in their rituals and practices,” Baguio said.
He added that raising native animals is more economical compared to hybrid types.
This is so because of their positive character quality on easier adaptability to environment, high tolerance to disease, resilience to extreme climatic conditions and high survival rate,” Baguio said.
He added that under the DOST-PCAARRD program, SCUs will be equipped and trained in the production of “capital” native animals suitable to their own respective areas for dispersal to interested farmers.
The program also has a capability building component where farmers are prepared and trained on the enhanced production of native pigs for trade opportunities.
“We are optimistic that the native animal meat would soon be displayed in supermarts and local markets,” Baguio said.