Taiheiyo helps farmers raise goats for livelihood

Goat raising livelihood for Barangay Tonggo

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

TCPI initially acquired 10 does and two bucks of the Anglo-Bower breed for Sitio Suico Farmers Association (SSFA) that it distributed to its members in two batches last Nov. 23 and Dec. 10.

San Fernando municipal agriculturist, Nelson Soronio and livestock technician Rommel Pinatil gave the farmer beneficiaries by January the necessary training to breed, raise and distribute the goats.

Some 50 SSFA members led by Pedro Suico participated in the training hosted and organized by the TCPI community relations staff at its office in the TCPI compound in South Poblacion.

They included Osias S. Alburo who took care of the two bucks with Mary Chris Cabriana, Irmina S. Mangubat, Verginia Gampas, Trinidad Pabonita and Flora MataƱag of the first batch who got one doe each.

The second batch included Maribeth Labora, Clarita Pabonita, Rowena Canoy, Art Suico and Belen Alferez who also got one doe each, disclosed Vanessa N. Bongcawil, who manages the TCPI community relations.

Bongcawil said TCPI allocated P100,000 for the project funded under the company's Social Development Management Program (SDMP) with SSFA committed to provide forage and house shed for the goats.

Spin-off

The project spins off from a 4-year project TCPI started on July15, 2009 with Solid Earth Development Corp. (SEDC) for farmers in Bugho to whom the company fully turned over the project four years after.

From two bucks and 10 does, it yielded 97 offsprings before the eventual turnover, according to Ester P. Cola, TCPI division manager for human resources and administration.

While the project had 13 mortality, 12 of the offsprings have been handed down to new members of the running program, while the beneficiaries sold 27 heads and kept 45 heads that they continue to nurture, she added.

As they had committed, each beneficiary returned the first two does for dispersal to new beneficiaries, a system that a people's organization in San Fernando headed by Nemesia Flores continued to this day.

Until the turnover, TCPI provided the medicines and vitamins for the goats, and arranged for the municipal agriculturist to visit the goats for immunization and health concerns.

The company will do the same with the Tonggo farmers until full turnover, bared Bongcawil.