By Ma. Eloisa H. Aquino
The project, “Technology Commercialization on Slaughter Goat (Triple Cross) in Pangasinan” funded by the Bureau of Agricultural Research (BAR) and implemented by the Department of Agriculture-Regional Field Office (DA-RFO) I, won the “Best Livestock Research Award” during the “First National Livestock Program R&D Review”.
The research team, led by Dr. Jovita Datuin, research manager of DA-RFO I, will receive Php 5M worth of research grant to further their studies and to upscale the project in four provinces of Region I under the auspices of the DA-National Livestock Program.
Dr. Datuin, in her presentation, mentioned that the project aimed to transform goat raising from a subsistence type of farm activity into a profitable goat livelihood employing farmer participatory approach and technology-based rural enterprises.
The research results registered a marked increase in growth and reproductive performance. A 10- and 20-doe level slaughter enterprise registered an increase in the monthly income of Php 1,825.00 and Php 4,164.16 with a return on investment of 71.57 percent and 81.65 percent, respectively.
She also reported that 211 goat raisers served as farmer-partners adopting (100%) housing, stall feeding, upgrading and strategic deworming. From the initial 52 farmer-partners, 129 additional raisers were encouraged to venture on goat enterprises, covering four municipalities and 28 barangays with six organized farmer-associations.
As an offshoot of the project, micronutrient supplements for goats were developed with the trade name “Jovimin”. BAR provided technical and funding support for the product registration of Jovimin and was issued a Certificate of Trademark Registration on 8 September 2016.
DA Assistant Secretary Enrico Garzon graced the review and shared his message to the
Ms. Ann Martha Laspiñas of BAR-Program Development Division served as one of the members of the R&D Review Panel. She was joined by evaluators from the Philippine Carabao Center, Director Arnel del Barrio, and Dr. Marlon Ocampo; Bureau of Animal Industry, Mr. Hernando F. Avilla; and Agricultural Training Institute-International Training Center on Pig Husbandry, Dr. Ruth S. Miclat-Sonaco.