February 1, 2023

The Baguio City Veterinary and Agriculture Office (CVAO) distributed 1,800 rabbits to 300 amateur rabbit raisers in the city.
Each beneficiary received six rabbits – two bucks and four does – and a 25 kg. sack of feeds.
The Department of Agriculture, through its Livestock Banner Program, provided the city government P10 million for rabbit raising, chicken production, and beekeeping.
The beneficiaries attended the Rabbit Raising for Food Security seminar and received the rabbits and feeds.
Wilson Yabut, resource speaker and a rabbit raiser and vice president of the Irisan Rabbitry Farmers Association, said it is possible for Baguio City to be the rabbit capital of the country if the industry prospers and will be sustained.
He added the city’s climate, geography, and natural resources are conducive to rabbit raising.
Jojo Santiago, a beneficiary from Aurora Hill Proper expressed his gratitude to CVAO and DA for the rabbit livelihood support.
DA considers rabbit as an alternative to pork meat.
Sec. William Dar said rabbit has a shorter growing cycle which makes it a better substitute to pork.
CVAO Chief Brigit Piok said rabbit production can fill the gaps of nutrient deficiency and food insufficiency and can help solve economic problem in the city especially during the pandemic.
She said the city government plans to include rabbit slaughter facilities in Baguio.
For inquries, CVAO may be reached through its FB Page: Baguio City Veterinary and Agriculture Office. – Press release

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