TAGBILARAN CITY, December 10 (PIA)--To put in the meat behind Bohol Native Chicken Comprehensive Development Program, authorities set up 24 native chicken production centers all over Bohol, sources from the office of the Provincial Veterinarian (OPV) revealed.
Bohol Native Chicken Development Program, otherwise simply referred by most as manok sano, is Bohol's response to the rising demand for native chicken as well as provide a promising alternative livelihood to the thousands of Boholano native chicken growers who relied on the old custom of raising free-range chicken, explained a supervisor at the Office of the Provincial Veterinarian (OPV).
Romulo Garcia, OPV supervising agriculturist cited Executive Order No 19, series of 2015 as the program framework that sets to put up the comprehensive native chicken development which also tackles the value chain process of the poultry industry.
Already getting high market value being the choice for the health conscious, native chicken meat has proved to contain probiotics, that good bacteria that helps to maintain good digestion. Moreover, with its natural tasty luscious textured meat, native chicken has become the first choice for healthy food.
In Bohol however, native chicken growing has not gone past the backyard chicken production raised only to supply the family's protein requirement. This is now the object of the native chicken development, now given more focused approach by the Chatto Administration, Garcia said.
To get to that, Provincial Veterinarian Dr. Stella Marie Lapiz and her office put up the First Bohol Native Chicken Festival November 25-26, to advance the Manok Sano potential, OPV sources said.
At the festival, native chicken went on display, as well as dressed chicken meat, ready to eat cooked chicken plus production technology to showcase to people the recent research and technology developments in production, Garcia added.
There is promise, but we do not have the sustainable supply, PV Lapiz said.
Also, many Boholanos tend to lose interest in the raising due to the diseases that still haunt them.
The Manok Sano program also delves into the production and its issues like the diseases that often leave raisers with nothing, assures OPV which also devised a plan.
"It is called a unified poultry health program," according to veterinarian Dr. Leonida Daguro.
She said that research showed that as soon as the chicks are hatched to the time they are marketable, a strict vaccination regimen is slated to prevent the diseases.
And to make sure that there is ample supply of chicken starter sets of three pullets and a breeding cock, the 24 native chicken production centers scattered all over Bohol are set up.
On the other hand, to even facilitate a faster hatching of the eggs to boost production, Bohol also gives out incubators so that the hens do not brood which lengthens the time for the chicken to reproduce.
On the aspect of the native chicken size which can be between 800 grams to a kilo, a corollary research and development is ongoing at the Ubay Stock Farm to genetically develop a full Boholano chicken breed, which would be officially called the real manok sano. (rac/PIA-7/Bohol)