New agri-based coop expected to boost Albay’s livestock production

LEGAZPI CITY – The recent creation of the Livestock Poultry Raiser Agriculture Cooperative (LPRAC) by the Cooperative Development Authority (CDA) through a private-public partnership scheme facilitated by the City’s Veterinary Office (CVO) is expected to sigmificant boost kocal livestock production in this city.

Dr. Emmanuel Estipona, Lrgazpi City Veterinary Officer, told media they have invited interested farmers to become members of the LPRAC so they could benefit from the offered services and incentives.

“We already scheduled on May 15 a general assembly for the farmers who are interested to become members of this newly-formed livestock raisers cooperative,” he shared.

Estipona said he would invite the key officials from the Department of Agriculture (DA) to explain to the farmers the productive operation of the cooperative.

“The LPRAC is the first livestock and hog raisers cooperative in Legazpi that would help sustain the city’s Range and Organic System and Alternative Livelihood (ROSAL) program and revive the hog raising industry in this city,” he added.

“ROSAL” is one of the CVO’s programs that enable farmers to breed their own chicken as part of livelihood activities that can give them additional income. Estipona said he would also help the LPRAC in creating its own product label for organic chickens and its marketing.

DA Undersecretary Ernesto Gonzales, he said, has pledged to give some multiplier breeders to fasten the hatchery of organic chickens in this city.

“We are also waiting the poultry dressing plant of DA that could be used as support facility for the dressing of the organic chicken so these could be sold quickly to the market,” Estipona said. (PNA)