The regional office of the Department of Agriculture has launched an artificial insemination drive to boost goat production. Officials said it as a cheaper method of improving goat breeds among backyard goat raisers here. Mario D. Oro, artificial insemination technician in the town of Lugait (Misamis Oriental), said that with this method, small farmers would have easy and affordable access to better goat breeds, leading to the improvement of meat and milk quality, resulting in higher incomes. The traditional way of improving one’s herd, he said, is to purchase new bucks and maintain more expensive breeders. Regional livestock division chief Dr. Elvito Tac-an said earlier that the department has been encouraging and supporting farmers who are into goat-raising. He added that the challenge is on educating the farmers on the benefits of goat-raising. The agency has conducted a series of hands-on trainings and seminars for livestock technicians in the different local government units in the last few years.

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