HINUNDAYAN, Southern Leyte, Dec. 24 (PIA) -- A massive swine fattening project that will involve hog-growing families all over the province was launched into action here Thursday, with twenty-two families as initial beneficiaries, each family getting five piglets.
The livestock project was pushed by a newly-formed non-government organization, the Southern Leyte Socio-Economic Development, Inc. (SOLSED) under its Market-led Integrated Agri-business Networking (MIAN) program.
Conressman Damian Mercado, the main proponent of the livelihood project who declared its formal launching during the ceremonies, led the guests attending the program at the town’s gym, along with Gov. Roger Mercado, and Hinundayan Mayor Evelyn Lee.
Also attending the event were the local chief executives of the pacific area, several heads of national line agencies, municipal agriculture officers led by Provincial Agriculturist Marina Gador, SOLSED Board of Directors, and families of the first batch of beneficiaries.
In his brief talk, Cong. Mercado, fondly called Cong. Mian, emphasized that funding for the swine raising project came from private sources, not government funds, hence those who availed must exert extra efforts for the success of the venture.
“Help us succeed by faithfully caring for the piglets. Do not waste away our trust in you. These efforts are for your very own benefits, not ours,” Cong. Mian said in bisaya.
He challenged the Hinundayan beneficiaries to become successful models for other towns, as the project will be expanded sooner to all the other 17 municipalities and one city.
He also said that marketing of the full-grown pigs, estimated to happen by April 2014, will not be a problem as SOLSED will be the one to them at a price higher than the prevailing market price.
Gov. Mercado, for his part, threw his full support to the project, calling it “a very intelligent move” to transform the province’s image from being a net consumer of meat to a producer and eventually an exporter to other areas of the country.
A ceremonial turn-over of piglets and their actual distribution capped the day’s activity. (esg/mmp, PIA8-Southern Leyte)