Benguet Philippines – Benguet provincial government allotted P30 million for the implementation of the Integrated Swine Project this year.
The integrated swine project, a program offering various interventions to restart and revive the significantly dying swine industry due to the African Swine Fever disease, will be awarded to local associations in the province engaged in hog raising.
Led by Dr. Purita Lesing, head of the Benguet Provincial Veterinary Office, the initiative aims to promote hog-raising activities in the selected municipalities, with Tuba and Sablan being the first ones to benefit from the program.
At present the province’s swine production is at 28 percent of the total, indicating that the majority, amounting to a substantial 72 percent, is procured from other regions.
This implies that the province heavily relies on importing swine products from other areas to satisfy the demands of its population for pork and related products.
By supporting these associations, the provincial government boosts hog production within the province which would minimize the reliance of Benguet on hog raisers outside Cordillera.
Last year a similar project was set in motion in various municipalities within the province of Benguet.
According to Lesing, showcasing the potential for positive change and development in the area has served as an inspiration to neighboring regions.
With this, Lesing committed that their office will continue to provide support to hog raisers through their office’s various programs, and would make sure of the project’s success and long-term impact.
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