Lingayen – – -Some 5,000 backyard livestock raisers from various towns of Pangasinan and in Tarlac have participated in the two-day PILMICO Livestock and Poultry Expo and Goat Congress 2013 held May 23-24 at the Provincial Training and Development Center (PTDC) and at the Sison Auditorium here.
In its opening program, Vice Governor Jose Ferdinand Calimlim, Jr. welcomed the delegates as he commended PILMICO for the opportunity given to the province specifically the local backyard raisers in learning modern and innovative techniques on swine and poultry-raising.
Calimlim said that the present administration under the stewardship of Gov. Amado T. Espino, Jr. has set its sight on improving the lives of Pangasinenses as it prepares the province to become an ideal place “to work, live, invest and raise a family.”
According to him, the Espino administration is looking forward to the realization of its vision to include a better livelihood opportunity for all local backyard livestock raisers.
Dir. Valentino Perdido, Officer-in-Charge of the Dept. of Agriculture (DA)-Regional Field Unit (RFU) 1, said that their department is thankful for the kind of support that PILMICO has extended not only in Pangasinan but also countrywide even as he noted that their agency is looking for trusted partners to further the cause of agricultural development in the Philippines.
Perdido disclosed that on their part, the DA has enhanced and intensified its Genetic Improvement Program so that local stakeholders can become quality meat suppliers and competitive as well, in the near future.
Meanwhile, PILMICO thru Hendel P. Cabral, Vice President for Sales, guaranteed a strong partnership of their company with the DA and to Pangasinan.
Cabral said that PILMICO’s aim includes professionalizing the backyard livestock raisers’ sector by way of interaction and sharing of expertise.
It can be recalled that the first PILMICO expo was mounted in November last year in Cebu.
Pangasinan, according to Cabral, was chosen as the second venue of their expo because aside from the fact that the province has the most number of livestock production in Luzon, it is likewise an ideal place for agricultural business being strategically located near three big demand centers (Ilocos, Baguio City, and Pampanga).
PILMICO will also pilot test a project on financing for selected beneficiaries.
For further inquiries, PILMICO said that interested participants are advised to proceed in their Swine Consultation Booth located at the PTDC grounds.
(PIO/Ruby R. Bernardino)