by: Vic Thor A. Palarca

ATI Compound, EL SALVADOR CITY— The “AgriStoryahay sa ATI” webinar series of the Agricultural Training Institute-Regional Training Center X (ATI-RTC X) is off to another fresh and informative episodes focused on Free Range Chicken Production & Management, Itik Pinas Production, and a two-part episode on Swine Raising and Management. These awesome episodes are slated this month of August in support to the Advocacy on Back to Basics: Sustainable Livestock Production initiative.

AgriStoryahay, which airs every Friday of the month at 10:00 AM, spins a new dimension of online learning via live streaming at the ATI Northmin’s Official Facebook page.

Free Range Chicken Production & Management (Episode 16 – August 7, 2020)

With episode 15 already out there, episode 16 will feature more discussion on Free Range Chicken
Production and Management specifically on Feed Formulation and Feeding, Common Diseases, and Ethnoveterinary Medicine by organic farming practitioner Bhal Cabrera of Cush Prime Ventures.

Mr. Cabrera is an Emergency Medical Technician by profession but opted to become a full time farmer now. Through poultry farming, he is one of the in-demand suppliers of organic free range chicken in Misamis Occidental. His prominence in poultry farming secured him a Regional Gawad Saka nominee for Misamis Occidental in Livestock category.

As an advocate for social development and change, Mr. Cabrera taps social media as a platform to
empower listeners via live broadcast on Facebook through Mindanao News Express, Mindanao Pulse Forum, Tingog Misamisnon and MNE-Ozamiz News Online which he anchors every Monday to Friday at 9:00 AM to 10:00 AM and 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM.

Mr. Cabrera’s Cush Prime Ventures is an integrated and diversified farm and a certified Learning Site fo Agriculture (LSA) of ATI located at Pangabuan, Tangub City. Feel free to check out some of their agricultural organic products sold via their website.

Itik Pinas Production (Episode 17 – August 14, 2020)

Rice-duck farmer James P. Longcob of JPL Farm in Lala, Lanao del Norte is the resource person for this episode. His JPL Farm is also a Learning Site for Agriculture (LSA) of ATI. Mr. Longcob’s specialization and focus on rice-duck farming made him a recipient of the Regional Achievers Award given by the Department of Agriculture-Regional Field Office X (DA-RFO X). In this episode, Mr. Longcob will share proper care and production guide of Itik Pinas ducks which is a potential income earner for poultry farmers in the country.

Dubbed as a genetically superior breeder duck, Itik Pinas was developed in a project conducted by the Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquatic and Natural Resources Research and Development of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST-PCAARRD) and the National Swine and Poultry Research and Development Center of the Bureau of Animal Industry (BAI-NSPRDC). Itik Pinas was a product of continuous selection and breeding of the traditional Pateros duck. The said duck breed aims to address the low and inconsistent egg production performance and product quality of the “mongrel” ducks as an effect of long term indiscriminate breeding practices of the duck industry.

Compared with traditional ducks, Itik Pinas produces more eggs of up to 55 pieces per duck per year over that of the traditional mongrel ducks. Itik Pinas eggs is also consistent in terms of egg weight with at least 80% of egg produced weigh 65 grams or more.

With Mr. Longcob as the resource person, this episode on Itik Pinas Production hopes to bring
development and promotion in building enterprises among rural areas.

Swine Raising and Management (Episode 18 & 19 – August 21 & 28, 2020)

For this episode, we will be having two experts on Animal Science who will dish out tips and advice on swine raising.

Ms. Aleli Jean Paulican is an Animal Science graduate of Central Mindanao University (CMU) in Musuan, Maramag, Bukidnon. As an alternate Livestock Program point person of the Agricultural Training Institute (ATI) in Region X, she extends support regarding the implementation of the program since livestock provide us animal products such as meat, milk and poultry products with additional contribution in terms draft power, manure, fuel and fertilizer. As a member of the Philippine Society of Animal Science, she is also trained in Pig Husbandry at the prestigious International Training Center on Pig Husbandry or ITCPH in Lipa City, Batangas.

Joining Ms. Paulican is Mr. Phile Rae M. Bonggo of the Malaybalay City Veterinary Office. As its resident Livestock Inspector II, he is responsible and in-charge of the semen processing for the “AI sa Barangay.”

Project of ATI in partnership with the City Veterinary Office of Malaybalay. He is also a graduate of Animal Science in CMU, as well as highly trained in Pig Husbandry by ITPCH and the Department of Agriculture’s Artificial Insemination (AI) for large ruminants. Phile Rae is also knowledgeable on biogas drum digester installation.

Meanwhile, click here for the registration link for online participants who wants to register. A corresponding e-Certificate will be given for every completed episode. Prizes and freebies are also given away per
contest.

Debuted on April 24 this year, “AgriStoryahay sa ATI” is a FREE and no-frills webinar series in support to the “Plant, Plant, Plant Program” and “Ahon Lahat, Pagkaing Sapat Kontra sa Covid-19” (ALPAS COVID 19) of the Department of Agriculture. It is produced by the Information Services (IS) section of ATI-Region X and also joined by a network of agri-experts and specialist of the center.

So stay tuned and see you online mga ka-Agri Friends!!!