June 1, 2023

BONTOC, Mountain Province – Fifty-two backyard swine raisers in this capital town who were affected by the African swine fever (ASF) received 1,040 heads of Kabir chicken and 936 kilograms of starter feed on Aug. 13. 
Kabir chickens are similar to native chickens and are superior for meat conversion because of their rapid growth, good body conformation, and efficient feed conversion. 
Administrative Officer IV Ross Kiat-ong from the Office of the Municipal Agriculturist (OMAG) said each beneficiary received 20 chicks and 18 kilograms of feed.
The municipal government through the OMAG conducted monitoring and validation of farmers affected by the ASF and requested for possible assistance from partner government entities. 
The Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office funded the livelihood assistance. 
“Since our province is not yet clear of the ASF, poultry farming is seen as a substitute for our protein needs so take care of the chicks the government is giving for everyone to benefit from it,” Mayor Franklin Odsey said.– Christy Che-es and Alpine L. Killa