Cotabato peasants get cattle heifers from prov’l gov’t PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 15 July 2014 15:49

Forty five peasants in the hinterland Arakan town in North Cotabato benefited from a cow and water buffalo dispersal project of the office of the provincial veterinarian over the weekend.

The animals were distributed to beneficiaries during a symbolic rite at a municipal gymnasium at the town proper of Arakan, in the presence of local officials.

The project was part of a continuing province-wide animal dispersal program of the office of North Cotabato Gov. Emmylou Taliño-Mendoza.

The acting provincial veterinarian, Rufino Sorupia, told reporters they have distributed a total of 28 heifer cows and 17 heifer water buffaloes to Arakan farmers.

He said the cow and carabao heifers, which means “young females” from cattle herds in the veterinary parlance, are expected to produce healthy offspring that can be dispersed to neighbors of the farmer-beneficiaries too.

“This program of the provincial government aims to provide assistance to its constituent-farmers to augment their means of livelihood, which is farming primarily,” Sorupia said.

The provincial government and 45 peasant beneficiaries had forged an agreement prohibiting the sale, or slaughter of the animals.

Mendoza, who has recently inaugurated different infrastructure projects in Arakan and surrounding towns, was represented in the animal dispersal event by North Cotabato 1st District Board Member Airene Claire Pagal.