The Pañalum Halal Meat & Dairy Goat Raisers Association in Pañalum, Paquibato, Davao City was the recipient of the Expanded Livestock & Poultry Production Livelihood Project for COVID-19 Response “National Livestock Program (NLP) Refocus Program of the  Department of Agriculture, Regional Field Office XI (DA-RFO XI).   With the recommendation of the City Veterinarian’s Office, the association was awarded ninety seven (97) heads of upgraded native-Anglo Nubian goat breeds;  67 heads female and 30 heads male were dispersed in the amount of Php 776,000.00. Dr. Agnes Amores, Chief of the Production Section of the  Animal Husbandry & Disease Prevention and Control Division and Ms. Marila Ederosas, District Head of Paquibato, personnel of the City Veterinarian’s Office, Davao City, escorted the delivery of the upgraded goats in Pañalum last October 23, 2020.

The members of the Pañalum Halal Meat & Dairy Goat Raisers Association were graduates of the Farmers Field School (FFS) on Halal Meat & Dairy Goat Production Course conducted by the Agricultural Training Institute (ATI)-XI in collaboration with the City Veterinarian’s Office of Davao in August to December 2019. The goats awarded to them will become breeder stocks to boost their production for Halal meat that will provide the association members additional source of income. The project aims to support and complement the upcoming operation of the nearly finished Halal Slaughterhouse in Malagos, Baguio District this year. The Malagos slaughterhouse will only slaughter ruminant animals raised through Halal method to supply the halal meat requirements of the Muslim residents in Davao City and neighboring provinces.

The payment scheme of the project would be for every goat dispersed, one offspring will be taken as a form of payment.  Since 97 goats were given to the association, they will also return 97 goats from the offspring produced.  The animals collected from the payments will be redispersed to another qualified and viable farmer’s association to ensure the sustainability of the project.  The DA and the City Veterinarian’s Office personnel will monitor the project and will facilitate the redispersal of the animal to another association.