Agriculture

GROUP ADVOCATES RAISING OF NATIVE PIGS

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THE PHILIPPINE Native Pig Owners Network Associatio­n, Inc. (PNPONAI) recently held its first-ever assembly and membership meeting in pursuit of its objective of becoming the premier producer of quality native pigs in the country. PNPONAI president Fabian Maximillan B. Cabriga said the assembly, which was held at the Teofely Gardens in Silang, Cavite, aims to establish the native pig industry in the Philippine­s in the very near future.

Senator Cynthia A. Villar, chairperso­n of the Senate Committee on Agricultur­e, graced the event and shared her objective of uplifting the agricultur­e industry in the country, citing her initiative­s which have helped attain the vision of the PNPONAI.

Among those who attended the meeting were Bureau of Animal Industry (BAI) Director Robina O. Cresencio, who provided invaluable words of support for the mission of the PNPONAI while addressing the concerns of those who attended the meeting.

Cabriga, who started organizing the native pig raisers in 2015, said they intend to standardiz­e the breeding, nutrition, and health management of native pigs. According to him, the native pig industry has a lot of potential that needs to be tapped in order to generate business prospects while at the same time providing employment opportunit­ies for small players.

Aside from benefiting from the lean and healthy meat of the native pigs, other byproducts like leather, which can be processed from the swine’s skin, can also be used to manufactur­e bags and other, similar products. Of course, the meat of native pigs, which can be considered organic in nature, is now being processed to produce quality meat products like sausages, ham, tocino, and other specialty meat products.

Cabriga emphasized that the demand for native pig’s meat has been rising, and yet

 ??  ?? PNPONAI President Fabian Maximillan ‘Ian’ Cabriga delivers the welcome remarks as Senator Cynthia Villar (left), chairperso­n of the Senate Committee on Agricultur­e, and Robina Cresencio, Bureau of Animal Industry Director, listen on.
PNPONAI President Fabian Maximillan ‘Ian’ Cabriga delivers the welcome remarks as Senator Cynthia Villar (left), chairperso­n of the Senate Committee on Agricultur­e, and Robina Cresencio, Bureau of Animal Industry Director, listen on.

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