June 1, 2023

LUBA, Abra – The Department of Agriculture-Cordillera led the distribution of 102 heads of piglets to 34 farmers of Barangay Lul-luno in this town.
Each farmer-beneficiary received three heads of upgraded weaners and a sack of booster feeds. 
The farmers are members of Upper Lul-luno Farmers Association and listed as beneficiaries of the Sustainable Inclusive Peace and Transformation program of the Office of the Presidential Adviser on Peace Reconciliation and Unity.
Abra Agriculture Program Coordinating Office-Abra Head Rosemarie Tesoro encouraged the beneficiaries to breed the pigs so they can soon raise income through swine raising.
“This distribution is one of the programs of our government that will boost the livelihood in far-flung barangays and I hope with this support, you’ll be able to breed pigs for the availability of meat supplies in your barangay,” Tesoro said.
She said farmers can redeem their expenses in raising the three animals with a single pig while the other two pigs will be their profit.
Upper Lul-luno Farmers Association president Mariano Gayyed thanked the government for the livelihood support.
“This is our opportunity to raise pigs in our barangay with the current threat of African swine fever in some municipalities of Abra. I will make sure to guide my fellow farmers on the proper raising of the piglets,” he said.
Transporting the piglets and feeds to Luba was a challenge as it took more than three hours for the delivery trucks to travel the 75 kilometers distance from Bangued to the remote village of Lul-luno. – Christian Allister Tubadeza