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Tacurong City Agri Office and City Vet Office dole out native piglets for farm raising

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)

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Tacurong goes organic; launches Organic Trading Post

The City Government of Tacurong, together with the Department of Agriculture – Regional Field Office XII (DA- RFO XII), and San Antonio Farmers Multi-Purpose Cooperative (SAFAMCO) launched the Organic Trading Post (OTP) project on July 8, 2015 in New Isabela, Tacurong City.

The OTP will serve as a venue for farmers to showcase and sell their organic products. Tacurong OTP is the first of its kind in the province of Sultan Kudarat. It is also one among the only five OTPs in Region XII.

According to City Agriculturist Ramon B. Losañes, the project is being implemented in accordance to Republic Act 10068 or the Organic Argriculture Act of 2010 with hopes to encourage and boost organic agriculture in the city.

In attendance during the launch-cum-turnover ceremony were Mayor Lina O. Montilla, who gave her message of support to the program; Dr. Lorna P. Vilbar, Regional Focal Person on Organic Agriculture; Nestor D. Casador, Provincial Agriculturist; Hon. Joselito L. Cajandig, Sr., SP Member and Chairperson, Committee of Agriculture; Marcon P. Gulle, SAFAMCO Chairman; and Jose S. Laygan, SAFAMCO Manager. City Agricultural Services personnel, SAFAMCO members, and other farmers also came to express support.

The trading post costs Php1.4 million. Of the said amount, Php1 million was spent for infrastructure while Php200 thousand was for equipment such as a freezer and a chiller. The remaining amount of Php200 thousand served as capital of SAFAMCO, the designated people’s organization (PO) to manage the OTP.

Currently, the trading post carries certified organic products from the surrounding provinces. These products include black rice, red rice, coffee, tea (malunggay, sambong, and tawa-tawa), honey, fruit juices, and charcoal, among others. Fresh organic produce from Tacurong farmers are also available. According to the Office for City Agricultural Services, Tacurong’s own certified organic products are in the works.

As per RA 10068, organic farming “will cumulatively condition and enrich the fertility of the soil, increase farm productivity; reduce pollution and destruction of the environment, prevent the depletion of natural resources, further protect the health of farmers, consumers and the general public.” (LGU-Tacurong City Information)

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