High breed goats for Sulu PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 08 July 2012 14:36

The Department of Agriculture in Zamboanga  Peninsula (DA-9)  transported some 275 heads of high breed goat to Sulu last night aboard a commercial vessel as part of the  livelihood projects and programs  initiated by  Sulu 1st District  Rep Habib Tupay Loong.

Rep. Loong said DA  has allotted P2.5 million while his office has a fund of P1.5 million making it P4 million for the goat dispersal project he had initiated for the poor people of his district.

Loong said 80 goats consisting of 17 island born male F1 goats and 63 female goats were transported to Jolo last night aboard a ferry.

The remaining 195 heads of goats  will be transported to Jolo by batch since ferry boats serving the Zamboanga-Jolo route could not accommodate all  the goats  in  one trip to the province, he explained.

The 275 F1 goats  will be housed  on a 15-hectare lot  inside the Sulu State College of Agriculture in Jolo for breeding before they will be distributed to the  supposed beneficiaries.

The  first beneficiary to  his goat dispersal program, he said, are poor but deserving students taking up agriculture  course at the SCC in Jolo.

He said the student beneficiary could sell the goat to finance their schooling while enrolled at the college of agriculture.

He added that the beneficiaries could take care of the goat or even sold them to finance their schooling while enrolled in agriculture course.

This is one way of helping the poor people in the district, by providing them with  high breed goats to finance their schooling.

He said after few  years, the F1 goats will be distributed  to the poor people of his district for them  to take care and allow the goats to multiply.

Loong said the  concept of goat raising was  conceptualized during a meeting with some  Middle East dignitaries in Manila.

He said that during the meeting, the Middle East  officials urged him to produce high breed goats in Sulu  for export to their countries showing him among others the good price it has   and the demand in their market.

This he said what pushed him to ask DA Secretary Proceso J. Alcala for fund  assistance in the  procurement of high breed goats for his district.

Loong urged  his constituents to allow the goats to multiple in order for his congressional district or province to have  enough supply of goats  for domestic use and for  export. — Nonoy E. Lacson