Catch the more superior ‘Itik Pinas’ debut next week
Pokemons are not the only animals that evolve.
Even the Philippine “itik” is leveling up.
The Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquatic and Natural Resources Research and Development of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST-PCAARRD) and the National Swine and Poultry Research and Development Center-Bureau of Animal Industry (NSPRDC-BAI) have developed “Itik Pinas,” a more superior breeder and layer than the “Pateros duck.”
Itik Pinas has an average productive period of 75 percent a year, compared with 55 percent for the old breed. It can produce at least 50 more eggs a year, or an additional income of at least P300 per duck per year.
Its eggs are also bigger, at an average of 65 grams a piece, which is perfect for the “balut” industry.
It is adaptable to local environment conditions and can perform well with simple housing and low-cost feeds.
Itik Pinas will make its debut at the National Science and Technology Week (NSTW) on July 25-29 and at PCAARD’s fifth anniversary on July 28.