The City Veterinarian’s Office together with the Agricultural Training Institute XI launched its season long training on Farmers Livestock School on Halal Meat and Dairy Goat Production and Halal Free Range Chicken Production.
The launching was held last August 22, 2019 for Halal Poultry at Purok Uyanguren, Barangay Tigatto, Buhangin District and for Halal Meat and Dairy Goat Production at Barangay Pañalum, Paquibato District last August 23, 2019.
Traditionally, Halal is a term exclusively used in ISLAM which means permitted or lawful. Nowadays, there is a strong demand for HALAL products in a number of non-Muslim countries for both Muslim and non-Muslim consumers since Halal products are also growing in popularity due to positive perception that Halal products are healthier, safer and Halal meat is produced from animals subjected to humane animal treatment. Halal requirement meet many of the conventional quality standards, such as ISO 9000, Good Hygienic Practices (GHP), Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP), Veterinary Inspection, Codex Alimentarius and Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP). With its implementation, better and quality foods will be produced.
This season long training shall have at least 16 meetings starting August to December 2019 with 2 Technicians as Facilitators who will be in charge of the flow of activities. The poultry and goat participants shall be provided with chicken and goats. They will maintain 3 Participatory Technology Demonstration (PTD). One for conventional approach in raising the stocks, one organic approach and the approach for Halal. There will be a comparison of the results for the 3 PTD’s in every meeting. At the end of the studies they will identify which practice is best suited and more economical to be applied. The feedbacking during meetings would determine what went wrong and what went right.
The FLS learning process builds on the existing knowledge of farmers, enabling them to combine and evaluate new and existing technologies in their own environment which will lead them to become more responsive to changing conditions. This approach would also teach farmers on the importance of record keeping so they are able to determine the cost involved during and after production.
Through this program, Halal way of production is introduced in the same way it will help farmers- Muslim and non-Muslims shift from their simple backyard raising into an enterprise.