Four more farms are to be established this year for the farm and livestock program of the Provincial Veterinary Office under the Negros First Agenda of Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr., Provincial Veterinarian Dr. Renante Decena said yesterday.
The four farms will be placed in the cities of Sagay and Victorias, Sta. Rosa, Murcia, and the University of the Philippines-La Granja.
He said the expansion of the farms is important because PVO wants to organize and institute breeding centers, semen processing, agri-livestock techno-demo farms, and the dairy farms.
PVO will also have its milk and milk products center under the dairy program of the province that aims to provide free milk and quality nutrition to malnourished school children, he also said.
There will also be laboratories for meat, semen processing and liquid nitrogen plant for storage and further experiments and tests related to semen production and artificial insemination, Decena added.
Dairy Farmers and Paravets Academy will also be established in La Granja, La Carlota, he added.
Decena said if these farms, laboratories, and sites will be realized, the province is already assured of better services and job opportunities related to poultry and livestock industry.
He said that there might be oppositions of utilizing the lands to farms and laboratory sites but the province will make sure that jobs and livelihood development programs will be provided to the residents particularly in those areas.
Currently, the Provincial Livestock Breeding Center and Development Farm in La Granja and the Cattle Breeding and Semen Processing Farm in Brgy. Cansilayan, Murcia are the two operational farms of the province, he added.*LTG