RED program can raise goat population by 80%

A GOAT-BASED Rural Enterprise Development (RED) program can raise by more than 80 percent a farm’s goat population and generate more income for the P13.2 billion industry of specialty chevon meat.

The multi agency-led RED-Innovative Goat Production System (IGPS) has successfully raised goat population in its Phase 2 trial farms of nine farmers association in Region 1.  These are in La Union (Bacnotan, San Juan and Bauang) and Pangasinan ((Balungao, Bayambang and Bautista).

With a new breeding scheme, the project has produced superior breeds from the crossing of Philippine Native with Anglo Nubian and Boer breeds.

This resulted in goats’ improved reproductive performance, improved capacity to produce milk and to sustain nutrient needs of their offspring called kids and faster fattening ability that allows for earlier slaughter.

The project has the potential to boost nationally goat inventory, presently at 3.3 million heads, when replicated.  It just won the Bureau of Agricultural Research-National Research’s (BAR) first prize for the Development Agriculture category.  It empowered 461 farm families or goat entrepreneurs.

“Goat-raising is considered a rural growth booster. It deserves a top priority to intensify and build up farmers’ living asset,” said Dr. Jovita M. Datuin, Department of Agriculture-Regional Field Unit 1 (DA-RFU) manager.

Goat production is economically valuable for the Philippines with value rising from P3.3 billion in 2000 to P5.113 billion in 2005.  At the increased price of P4,000 per head, the 3.3 million-head inventory is now valued at P13.2 billion.

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