Goat raisers in Abra receive livelihood aid from DA, OPVET
BANGUED, Abra – Goat raisers affected by the prolonged southwest monsoon last year received livelihood assistance from the Department of Agriculture.
Under the agency’s Rehabilitation and Recovery Program, the DA-CAR and the Office of the Provincial Veterinarian (Opvet) distributed 100 goats and bags of concentrate pellet to goat raisers whose livelihood were affected by the severe flooding along the riverbanks due to the monsoon rains.
Beneficiaries are from San Isidro, Tayum, Tineg, Pidigan, Dolores, San Juan, Langiden, and La Paz.
Provincial Veterinarian Ruston Valera said the selection of beneficiaries was based on the masterlist consolidated by the local government unit and the Opvet.
From the barangay level, affected farmers were identified, and their names were submitted to the LGU then the Opvet consolidated the list, which was submitted to the DA for implementation.
Ernesto Lagidao, 66, one of the beneficiaries, is fortunate to receive a pregnant goat during the dispersal. He thanked the DA for implementing the program.
“Malaking tulong ito sa akin bilang isa sa mga nawalan ng alaga noong habagat. Ngayon maaari ko nang ipagpatuloy ang pag-aalaga ng kambing lalo na’t buntis ang nabunot ko,” Lagidao said.
Opvet is positive that the livelihood aid will help Abrenian farmers recover from the effects of the monsoon as well as the Covid-19 pandemic. – Peter A. Balocnit