In high hopes of instituting a sustainable swine raising in Tacurong, the City Agricultural Services Office in collaboration with the City Veterinaryn Office gave out forty (40) native swine piglets to qualified and identified recipients from the city, March 5, 2021.

This venture was open to all Tacurongnons as it seeks to alleviate the shortage of swine supply in the city by providing livelihood assistance, especially to the farmers, through livestock production.

City Veterinarian Dr. Allan Alimajen Jr. stressed that native piglets were chosen instead of the high breed ones to cultivate low maintenance hog-raising and promote a healthier source of swine meat due to their leaner meat and higher resistance to ailments.

The native piglets released were offspring of the city government’s own hog and boar and were reared for two months in the multiplier farm in Brgy. Kalandagan.

To prolong the impact of the project for the years to come, the recipients were subjected to an orientation and contract signing which provided them the terms and provisions of the swine dispersal.

Under the contract, the recipients were obligated to return to the city government the book value of P1, 500.00 for each male piglet after 8 months. Meanwhile, the same book value plus an amount of P1, 500.00 for one offspring will be paid after one year for each female piglet received by the farmer from the city agriculture. Failure to comply with the conditions of the agreement will result to the blacklisting of the recipient on all future dispersal endeavors of the city government.

Through this, the city government can ensure the success of the assistance as well as the trickling down of more opportunities to other residents of Tacurong.

City Agriculturist Leoncia Nebres represented the City Agricultural Services Office and oversaw the orientation and dispersal program.

The City Veterinary Office also conveyed that they are open to assist any supplementation and vaccination needs of the swines. (DEC, LGU-TacInformation)