PVO pro­duces five tons of napier silage

Sun Star Bacolod - - Business - BY ER­WIN P. NICAVERA

THE Pro­vin­cial Vet­eri­nary Of­fice (PVO) has ini­tially pro­duced five tons of napier silage at the Ne­gros First Ranch (NFR) AT Barangay Sta. Rosa in Mur­cia.

Pro­vin­cial Vet­eri­nar­ian Renante De­cena said the silage pro­duc­tion project is part of their mit­i­gat­ing mea­sures and adap­ta­tion strate­gies to sus­tain live­stock pro­duc­tion in the pro­vin­cial farms and breed­ing cen­ters in dif­fer­ent lo­cal gov­ern­ment units (LGUS).

Also, this is in preparation for the pos­si­ble ad­verse ef­fect of cli­mate change es­pe­cially with the im­pend­ing El Niño phe­nom­e­non, De­cena said.

“Cli­mate change af­fects the live­stock sec­tor, it has a neg­a­tive im­pact on the pro­duc­tive and re­pro­duc­tive per­for­mance of an­i­mals,” he said, adding that it in­creases the in­ci­dence of live­stock dis­eases and par­a­sitic in­fes­ta­tion.

Cli­mate change also de­pletes feed and fod­der re­sources as well as water, among oth­ers, the pro­vin­cial vet­eri­nar­ian stressed.

PVO re­called that in Ne­gros Oc­ci­den­tal alone, there have been se­ri­ous threats of cli­matic change like se­vere droughts, floods, in­tense rain­fall, and land­slides.

These “risks” neg­a­tively im­pact the de­vel­op­ment pro­grams and goals of the gov­ern­ment es­pe­cially those aimed at re­duc­ing poverty, it said.

PVO recorded about P13 mil­lion worth of dam­age and losses brought by ex­treme heat last year for both live­stock and poul­try sec­tor in the prov­ince.

It was less­ened, though, through var­i­ous ini­tia­tives of the pro­vin­cial gov­ern­ment like pro­vid­ing as­sis­tance to an­i­mal rais­ers.

De­cena said silage pro­duc­tion adopted by PVO com­ple­ments the ex­ist­ing mit­i­ga­tion and adap­ta­tion strate­gies specif­i­cally per­tain­ing to sud­den changes in the cli­mate.

He said cli­mate change, which may hit the prov­ince any­time, may af­fect an­i­mal pro­duc­tion es­pe­cially of two pro­vin­cial farms such as NFR and Pro­vin­cial Live­stock Breed­ing Cen­ter and Dairy Farm at Barangay La Granja in La Car­lota City.

These are on top of the pro­duc­tion cen­ters in var­i­ous lo­cal­i­ties, he added.*

CON­TRIB­UTED PHOTO

FROM left: PVO Farm Man­age­ment Di­vi­sion head Dr. Placeda Le­m­ana with NFR farm man­ager Re­gen Besa, Agri­cul­tur­ist II Je­sus Vil­lanueva and two farm per­son­nel at the silage pro­duc­tion area of NFR in Barangay Sta. Rosa in Mur­cia.

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