The Provincial Veterinary Office in Negros Occidental has contracted six pastor-paraveterinarians to acts as monitoring officers in six districts of the province for the animal dispersal project and technical assistance.
Dr. Renante Decena yesterday identified the six para-vets as John Sebua (1st district), Albert Jusayan (2nd district), Rosvie Pahilagao (3rd district), Asael Diamante (4th district), Manolo Panaguiton (5th district), and Jonathan Barroca (6th district).
They will supervise the dispersed animals through their beneficiaries administer the production of organic chicken, and monitor the repayment of the animals distributed to the recipients, Decena said.
He said the pastor-paravets will help them in the implementation of the programs and services of the PVO, and that the animal dispersal is in progress.
The number of recipients identified by the local government units has increased so they need more persons to conduct animal health services, and the pastors were trained to do this, Decena also said.
Meanwhile, the sheep purchased earlier this year from General Santos City gave birth to 14 lambs. He said sheep production is one of the livestock investments of the province that will be dispersed to different sectors.
The province also grows cattle, kabir chicks, upgraded does, and swine fattening. Decena said the province has to strengthen the programs for the livestock and poultry industry to ensure food security, livelihood, and stable income to reduce poverty in the rural areas. *LTG