“Do not limit yourself,” these were the encouraging words from Dr. Ronnie D. Domingo, Director of the Bureau of Animal Industry (BAI) during the opening program of the Training cum Workshop on Feasibility Study (FS) Development spearheaded by the Livestock Research and Development Division (LRDD) as part of capability building activities for its technical staff.
Considered as the “mother of livestock agencies”, farmers and prospective livestock raisers and investors oftentimes visit the BAI to ask for technical assistance before venturing on livestock and poultry enterprises. Some of the questions they usually ask are the technical and financial feasibility of investing in livestock production. As such, it is of vital importance that BAI technical staff have basic knowledge on the market and financial aspects of raising livestock as source of income.
The training cum workshop was facilitated by Prof. Cecilio Costales, a consultant who is a former member of the academe and with experience on broiler industry. During the activity, technical staff from the LRDD and Farm Operations Group (FOG) were equipped with basic skills on FS development, with focus on production, market and financial aspects. The knowledge gained through the lecture proper were applied as the participants were grouped according to the commodities they were directly involved in. They were then asked to prepare a draft production, market and financial plans for their respective commodities. The commodities include the following 1) beef cattle; 2) goat (meat); 3) native pig; 4) native duck; and 5) slaughterhouse and meat processing complex with biogas provision. Final FS papers will be submitted afterwards to the PHILARM for comments and suggestions.
As the training cum workshop come to fruition, Dr. Rogelio Cuyno, head of the PHILARM encouraged everyone to unleash their full potential and soar high like an eagle.
The Training Workshop on Feasibility Study Development was held on September 18 to 21, 2018 at the Animal Products Development Center (APDC) in Marulas, Valenzuela City, and was participated by a total of 26 (10 male, and 16 female) technical personnel.
By: Aileen F. Casa