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Year 2016 saw the establishment of the Bureau of Animal Industry – National Organic Agriculture Program’s (BAI-NOAP) fourth techno-demo farm located at the National Swine and Poultry Research and Development Center (NSPRDC), Lagalag, Tiaong, Quezon. This 2-hectare techno-demo farm focuses on production of organic feed resources such as Trichantera, Gabing San Fernando, Indigofera, Arachis pintoi, Cassava, Malunggay, Cowpea and Pigeon pea. This is an off-shoot of the program’s R&D project: Development and Production of Forage Resources as Organic Feeds for Livestock which was started in 2015.

The program continuously maintains its other three organic livestock techno-demo farms. The one located at the National Feed Resources Research and Development Center (NFRRDC), Milagros, Masbate already produced 17 yearlings from its 17 cows maintained. It also produced 1,000 kilograms of Stylosanthes seeds. This year, 24 offspring were produced from the 5 rams and 29 ewes on the organic sheep techno-demo farm at the National Small Ruminant Research and Development Center (NFRRDC), Bagalupa, Zamboanga del Sur. The organic sheep production situated at the National Beef Cattle Research and Development Center (NBCRDC II), Gen. Tinio, Nueva Ecija maintains 15 sheep and produces forages like Humidicola, Napier and Centrosema.

Seminars on Philippine National Standards for Organic Agriculture (PNS-OA) and Organic Livestock Production and Management were also conducted spearheaded by Ms. Fe Bien R. Garcia, BAI-OA Focal Person. 10 seminars were conducted in Boac, Marinduque; Odiongan City, Romblon; Cavite City; San Fernando City, La Union and Cebu City. A total of 610 individuals participated in the seminars: mostly farmers, agricultural extension workers, livestock practitioners and other stakeholders. Supplemental topics were also discussed during the conduct of the seminars. Ms. Remedios N. Acasio, the head of BAI-OA TWG discusses Forage Production and Management; Mr. Karlo Paulo L. Quintos, one of BAI-LRDD’s Science Research Specialists lectures on Production of Forage Resources for Organic Livestock; and Mr. Edrian P. Paras, BAI-OA’s research assistant teaches simple organic feed formulation using Pearson Square method and discusses the importance of soil organic matter.

A new R&D project was started in 2016: Performance Evaluation of Goats Supplemented with Basa (Carallia brachiata) under Organic Practice with Ms. Acasio as project leader.

The continuing R&D project which was started in 2015 headed by Dr. Riva Marie C. Gonzales entitled “Profiling of Economically Important Diseases in Naturally Grown Native Pigs in Selected Provinces” is in the process of blood collection and laboratory tests through close coordination with the Regional Field Offices, Provincial Veterinarian Office and Municipal Agriculturist Office. The project leader is also coordinating with the different laboratories of the bureau: Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory, Veterinary Laboratory Division-Parasitology Unit, Virology Laboratory, Bacteriology Laboratory and Pathology Laboratory.

Different organic meat products were developed by a team from BAI’s Animal Products and Development Center (APDC) in Marulas, Valenzuela City. Under the program’s R&D project “Development and Standardization of Organic Meat Products” led by Ms. Emelina P. Lopez, products such as burger steak, Garleek sausage, Vigan sausage and Lucban sausage were developed using organically-raised pigs.

Several kilograms of dried leaves and seeds of Trichantera, Indigofera, cassava, malunggay, cowpea and pigeon pea were already produced by the R&D project: Development and Production of Forage Resources as Organic Feeds for Livestock headed by Ms. Garcia at the National Swine and Poultry Research and Development Center (NSPRDC), Lagalag, Tiaong, Quezon. The project is continuing its mass production of feed resources and is set to start the animal feeding trials in 2017.

The BAI-NOAP 2017-2022 Strategic Plan was also drafted by its technical working group during a workshop conducted at the BAI-LRDD Conference Room last June 28-29, 2016. With the assistance from Mr. Mike Sollera of DA-Planning and Ms. Kristein Montes of NOAP Planning, the mission, vision and strategic objectives of BAI’s implementation of the program were retailored to address the issues and concerns of the organic livestock sector.

In 2016, the program identified several adopters of the practice of organic livestock production which are offshoots of BAI-OA’s rigorous efforts in production and extension support. These include: Organic Producers and Practitioners Association of Tiaong (OPPAT) Quezon; Barangay Limbaan Indigenous People’s Organization, Inc. (BARLINPO), New Corella, Davao, del Norte; Indigenous People from Lantapan, Bukidnon in cooperation with Hineleban Foundation; Oriental Mindoro Agricultural Experiment Station which now has a OCCP-certified organic pig production and Mr. Jose Rizal Q. Estigoy from Vigan, Ilocos Sur currently adopting use of organic feeds.