Animal farms soar by 2,200% in Negros Occidental
A total of 762 animal farms were registered in Negros Occidental in 2017, including 103 assorted commercial farms and 659 backyard gamefowl farms, records of the Provincial Veterinary Office (PVO) showed.
The number is way higher than the only 32 commercial and backyard farms registered in 2016.
The which can be attributed to the strengthened program, including assistance to various raisers associations, implemented by the provincial government for the local livestock and poultry industry in the past year.
Moreover, the PVO reported that Negros Occidental shipped at least four million animal heads to and from the province in 2017.
About 1.4 million kilograms of meat and processed meat were transported in and out of Negros Occidental last year.
For both animal and meat shipments, PVO noted a significant decrease of almost 49 percent, or about 1.5 million kilograms in 2017 compared to the previous year.
This was a result of turnover of its inspection function to the Bureau of Animal Industry-National Veterinary Services Division starting November 2017.
The top four commodities shipped in Negros Occidental last year included balut at 4.5 million pieces; hatching eggs, 4.1 million pieces; table eggs, 3.9 million pieces; and day-old chicks, 1.4 million heads.
For its part, Negros Occidental transported mostly to its neighboring province 4.1 million pieces of table eggs; day-old-chicks, 1.8 million heads; dressed chicken, 581,328 heads; and hatching eggs, 337,159 pieces. (PNA)