BACOLOD CITY, May 22 (PNA) — Raising hogs from both commercial and backyard farms is becoming a promising business among farmers, according to Provincial Veterinarian Dr. Renante Decena of Negros Occidental.
Decena said the hog raising business is slowly growing in the province as seen in the number of hogs the farmers have to date.
Based on their monitoring, Decena said the province, including its capital city, has a total of 635,715 pigs.
Of the total number, 53.44 percent or 339,740 came from backyard farms and the rest were raised in commercial farms.
Decena said they have been helping farmers, both technically and financially, so they could cope up to the market’s demand for quality swine meat.
Under Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr.’s Negros First Development Agenda, the province has established an animal dispersal program that provides free farm animals and feeds to poor farmers.
The provincial government also intervenes in breeding of the livestock through the Provincial Animal Genetic Improvement Plan on Swine, he said.
Decena said they are now encouraging backyard hog raisers to go into semi-commercial farms where they could sell their animals to families who were willing to raise pigs.
Semi-commercial farms were farms that have 10 sows or 50 heads of piglets, while backyard farms have two to five sows or 20 heads of piglets. (PNA)