D. Livestock and Poultry
Bukidnon has been blessed with a verdant environment and a soothing weather condition that is very advantageous to livestock and poultry industry. Aside from these, the sustainability of feed supply materials is also available.
Livestock and poultry industry in the province are classified as backyard or commercial. The Bureau of Agricultural Statistics (BAS)-Bukidnon reports that backyard livestock and poultry projects immensely outnumbered the volume of species on commercial level projects except chicken which increasing volume is determined by the simultaneous influx of day old chicks brought by the increasing number of poultry farms in the province.
In the early days of civilization, cattle and carabao production are one of the major industries in the province. But due to an enormous need for development through crop production in order to sustain the increasing demand of food for the increasing number of inhabitants, areas previously developed for livestock production were abandoned and converted into crop production areas.
A bright prospect for Piggery Farms is underway. Notably, Monterey Foods, Inc. contracted the production of hogs in 19 piggery farms to 17 raisers whose proper programming of its production levels and close supervision has significantly increased swine production of the existing commercial piggery farms.
Majority of the province’ poultry farms (about 78%) is under Commercial Poultry Integrators such as San Miguel Foods, Inc., Swift Foods, Inc., Tyson Agro-Venture, Inc., Bounty Agro-Venture, Inc., Gama Farms, Inc., VDRF and Anak Ciano, Inc. A good number of the Poultry Farms are being managed by independent raisers (about 20%) and a few are members of the Northern Mindanao Egg Producers Association (2%).
Duck raising has also a bright commercial prospect, due to the demand of balut eggs not only in the Province of Bukidnon but in the neighboring provinces as well. There are existing 440 duckeries in the province capable of raising 117,134 heads of Mallard/Muscovy Ducks.
To continually upgrade the breeding stock and beef up the inventory of Livestock and Poultry in the Province of Bukidnon, the Department of Agriculture Regional Field Office 10 (DA RFU 10) allowed the importation of Livestock especially cattle for Beef and Dairy breeding, either from Australia or New Zealand. An average of 15,550 heads of beef cattle and 200 heads of Dairy Cattle is being imported by Del Monte Philippines, Inc. (DMPI) in the year ______.
E. Support Services
A number of facilities and projects for agricultural endeavors are provided and/or undertaken in the Province. The Provincial Local Government Unit (PLGU) provides such facilities as: Techno Demo Center (TDC), Technology Livelihood Dev’t Center (TLDC), Mini Nursery, Vermi Compost and Vegetable Demo. On the other hand, the Municipal and City Local Government Units (M/CLGUs) provide the Soils Laboratory, Bio-N Mixing Plant, Nurseries, Fisheries Hatchery/Nursery Stations, and Vermi Compost.
Moreover, the Department of Agriculture–Bukidnon (DA-Bukidnon) has also established several facilities within the province in partnership with other agencies. These are the Northern Mindanao Integrated Agricultural Research Center (NOMIARC), Malaybalay Stock Farm, National Artificial Breeding Center (NABC), Regional Crop Protection Center (RCPC), Bukidnon Agricultural Productivity Center (BAPC), DA-BFAR Freshwater Fingerlings Production Center, PhilRice, National Irrigation System (NIS) /Pulangi River Irrigation System (PRIS), and the National Food Authority (NFA). It also lists the Central Mindanao University (CMU) and Bukidnon State University (BSU) as its Partner Institutions; while the Bukidnon Seed Growers Assn. (BUSGA), MU Seed Net, Hybrid Seeds Companies and Philrice CMU are partners for Seed Production.