A project to boost the production of goat meat or chevon in Cagayan Valley is expected to make the product widely available in the region’s markets and improve the livelihood of the townsfolk.
A joint venture of the Department of Agriculture (DA)-Bureau of Agricultural Research and Isabela State University’s (ISU) research and technology division is one way to support villagers under their “Ahon Lahat, Pagkaing Sapat (ALPAS) Kontra sa COVID-19” program, said Dr. Ricmar Aquino, Isabela State University president, in an exclusive interview with the Philippine News Agency on Friday.
Aquino said poor villagers would be tapped to take care of goats as alternative jobs for displaced farmers and workers “who suffered loss of income and limited supply of food due to the CovId-19 pandemic”.
Increased goat meat production would result in the commercialization soon of products like chevon curry, pounded chevon, and mechado (stew), he said.
Last week, DA and ISU inked a memorandum of agreement to assist villagers in commercializing a package of technology (POT) in food processing including chevon canning regionwide.
“With the application of technology and commercialization, raisers will have an assurance that there is a market for the stocks. They can increase the holding capacity of their farm. By increasing the number of stocks, their level of production will grow which will lead to higher profit,” Aquino said.
Goat raisers have been tapped in the towns of Echague, Jones, Mallig, and Angadanan, all in Isabela; Santo Niño, Iguig, Abulug, Solana, Piat and Tuao, all in Cagayan; and Diffun, Maddela, and Aglipay in Quirino province, to ensure a steady supply of chevon.
“The animals will be transported to ISU-CVSRRC (Cagayan Valley Small Ruminants Research Center) slaughterhouse and meat processing center for processing. The products will be manufactured using the five-package of technology (POT) equipment on canned chevon. The products will be distributed through technology and product commercialization partners of ISU in local and inter-regional coverage,” Aquino said.
The chevon products, according to him, would also be marketed through DA’s Kadiwa Market even outside the region such as in Ilocos, Southern Tagalog, Calabarzon and Metro Manila.
This is expected to “further contribute (in) establishing a market for locally produced, developing post-production activity for goat, and standardizing products for commercialization,” Aquino said.
Source: Philippines News Agency