2016 the Province of Lanao del Norte experienced the effect of El Niño which prompted the former Governor and now 1st District Representative, Congressman Mohamad Khalid Quibranza-Dimaporo to declare the Province under State of Calamity. The Agricultural sector at that time was devastated due to the long dry season that was felt throughout Lanao del Norte.
El Niño is a phenomenon which refers to the large-scale ocean-atmosphere climate interaction linked to a periodic warming in sea surface temperatures across the central and east-central Equatorial Pacific.
The Province of Lanao del Norte with its program named Disaster Recovery and Rehabilitation through the Provincial Veterinary Office (PVO) made ways to help the affected poultry farmers recover from the loss caused by the phenomenon.
The PVO facilitated the distribution of SASSO’s Chicken to poultry farmers of Sultan Naga Dimaporo (SND), Baroy, and Pantao-Ragat on April 21, 2017 at the Provincial Agriculture Office ground.
The quality of the meat of a free range Sasso chicken is much better compared to our Philippine native chicken and the growth rate is faster, it adapts easily to our climate condition and has higher immunity against diseases.
Manuals on How to Raise Chicks were handed over by the Officers of PVO to poultry farmers which presents comprehensive guidelines on Brooding Management, Ranging System and Feeding System. Through this manual it may help increase the production in time of the harvest.
Honorable Vice Gov. Maria Cristina N. Atay and Acting Provincial Veterinarian Fritzie P. Provido led the activity along with Board Member Reinario Bihag. In this activity 2,550 of chicks and 1,275 kilograms of feeds were apportioned to 51 farmers, who received 50 chicks each with 25 kilograms of feeds; 20 farmers comes from SND, 12 from Baroy, and 19 from Pantao-Ragat.
In this activity the Provincial Government of Lanao del Norte shows its commitment to stand along with the farmers of the Province in whatever challenges that comes in the way, assuring that the livelihood of the farmers will continue for the years to come. PIO-LDN