BAGUIO CITY – The Cordillera office of the Department of Agriculture (DA) remains steadfast in its commitment to strengthen biosecurity measures within its livestock and poultry programs. In the effort to combat prevalent animal diseases, such as the African Swine Fever (ASF), the agency conducted a lecture orientation this morning, January 19 at the DA Conference Hall, addressing the vital aspects of biosecurity and artificial insemination.
The absence of a specific vaccine to mitigate the impact of diseases like ASF has intensified the need for proactive biosecurity measures. The lecture aimed to equip participants with essential knowledge, ensuring the continued health and sustainability of their livestock and poultry projects in the region.
OIC-Regional Technical Director for Research and Regulations Arlene M. Sagayo expressed optimism that participants would glean valuable insights applicable to their respective farms. The emphasis was particularly directed towards those who have commenced operations under the INSPIRE Projects.
Meanwhile, Leisley Deligen, the OIC-Chief of Regulatory Division, echoed the sentiment, urging participants to disseminate acquired knowledge for the collective benefit of the farming community.
Speakers at the event included Dr. Rodolfo O. Encarnacion, Jr., the Assistant Vice President for Operations and Production Planning at East Asia Veterinary Products, Inc. He shared his expertise on biosecurity measures, providing a comprehensive understanding of strategies to safeguard livestock and poultry from potential diseases.
Nile D. David, Livestock Breeding and Production Consultant at David Swine AI Center and EDL Farms, contributed to the discourse by delving into the details of artificial insemination. His insights assured to enhance the participants’ understanding of modern breeding practices, contributing to the overall improvement of their livestock and poultry endeavors.
Representatives from several INSPIRE beneficiaries and representatives from farmers cooperatives and associations in the region actively participated in the event.
Regional Livestock Coordinator, Kevin Jim Luna, extended a warm welcome to all participants, emphasizing the collaborative nature of the initiative.
Also, APCO Benguet Lito Mocati, APCO Baguio Ofelia Ducayag, Mountain Province Provincial Veterinarian, Tabuk City PVO, and representatives from the Baguio City Veterinary Office were present during the event. By Leny D. Mendoza