Bohol governor Arthur Yap wants to develop Sagbayan town as the livestock and poultry capital of the province as he has observed the abundance of livestock and poultry in this landlocked agricultural municipality.
Yap has not ceased his resolve to make this happen. Sagbayan is a natural livestock area. It has existing livestock facilities that cater to animal raising neighboring towns, according to the provincial veterinarian Dr. Stella Marie Lapiz.
In his recent visit to the town, Yap said he wants to expand the local agriculture by strengthening the animal industry. The governor has been very aggressive in improving Bohol’s livestock industry for value-added livelihood, food and nutrition.
Enough milk production from enhanced dairy livestock quality and population is also intended to supply the nutritional needs of undernourished children of tender ages, Lapiz added.
According to Lapiz that the governor plans to set up a modern, standard slaughterhouse that can bring about high-value livestock products and Bohol’s 2021 budget has an allocation of P30 million for the slaughterhouse in barangay Sta. Catalina.
Lapiz bared that Sagbayan is also awash with potential to produce its own feed that would help secure the province animal food supply through expansion of its corn farming area and the province has programmed the provision of more seeds, fertilizer and machineries to develop and expand the town’s existing 650 hectares of corn farms.
Sagbayan is Bohol’s third largest area planted to corn after the towns of Carmen and Valencia, according to the data from the Office of the Provincial Agriculturist.
Governor Yap also envisioned that for Sagbayan to be able to produce quality livestock can also bring in investments for tourism through rodeo shows and livestock events.
Sagbayan in English means a “place for hanging,” from root word sagbay which means “to hang” and it refers to the practice of hanging deer hides on trees to dry after animal hunting. Hence, the town’s name was associated with an animal hunting practice which can be incorporated in tourism events, Yap added.