Taiheiyo assists another farmers group to raise goats

Tinubdan goat raising

Another group of farmers in the hinterlands of San Fernando, Cebu have begun raising goats for livelihood through dispersal of offspring, made possible with the support of Taiheiyo Cement Philippines, Inc. (TCPI).

Initially six of the 39 card-bearing members of Hunat Farmers Association (HFA) who are residents of Tibudban have each acquired a doe of the Anglo-Bower breed during a turnover last June 3 in Sitio Upper of the barangay.

They are led by their president Angelina Rita with vice president Ruthgilda Saura, auditor Elizabeth Remonida, and members Josephine Patambag, Erlinda Presores and Guillerma Sasil.

The office of the municipal agriculturist provided the bucks to mate with the does so that these would bear some offspring, according to Vanessa N. Bongcawil, section head of the TCPI community relations and general affairs office.

Under the livelihood program, each farmer gets full ownership of the doe if one gets to turnover two does four months from kdding to HFA for further dispersal. They will then own all kids the original doe will further bear, disclosed Bongcawil.

"They can raise these goats to expand their herd, for their own consumption, or to sell in the market," she added.

Forage & shed

San Fernando municipal agriculturist Nelson Soronio and livestock technician Rommel Pinatil gave the farmer beneficiaries the necessary briefing on how to breed, raise and re-distribute the goats.

TCPI funded the project under its Social Development Management Program (SDMP) with a commitment by HFA member-beneficiaries to provide forage and house shed for the goats.

Six months earlier, the company provided the same assistance to Sitio Suico Farmers Association (SSFA) of Barangay Tonggo, a spin-off from a 4-year project TCPI undertook in Bugho that started in mid-2009.

As it was then and now, TCPI provides the medicines and vitamins for the goats, and works with the municipal agriculturist to visit the goats for immunization and health concerns.