LAGAWE, Ifugao – The Provincial Veterinary Office (PVET) here scheduled on June 5 a training on duck raising to beneficiaries of Phase III Integrated Area Development Assistance Program (IADAP) of the province.
According to Ferdinand Dunuan, PVET training coordinator, the activity is set for 22 poor households of Barangay Anaba in Banaue as part of its commitment to the IADAP Phase III which is focused on food security and enterprise development for the beneficiaries to improve their economic situation.
This will help the household heads and farmers to enhance their skills and knowledge in duck raising, train them to adopt a simple, and minimum intervention technology that is applicable, useful and practical in duck production.
The IADAP is a poverty mitigation program of the provincial government that complements the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) of the national government whose overall goal is to reduce the number of families living below the poverty threshold in the target barangays. It also assists the households meet the core poverty indicators highlighted in the Community-Based Monitoring System (CBMS).
The Phase III program is being implemented by the provincial government through its eight departments.
Barangay Anaba is identified as one among the top poorest barangays of the province with 124 households with income below the poverty threshold and 86 households with income below the food threshold based on the 2013 CBMS survey.
Under the IADAP, the PVET will contribute to attain the program’s goal by providing livelihood project in the livestock sector to address food security and enterprise development. This will be done with the provision of five heads of Muscovy ducks loaned to the beneficiaries which has dual purpose type poultry for egg and meat.
These ducks will be raised by the households to produce eggs, hatchlings, ducklings, fledglings and ready to breed ducks for sale. The feeds and labor will be shouldered by the beneficiaries for a one year payback period while the PVET shall conduct seminars and training to the participating households.
By Daniel Codamon