Western Visayas: Top Chicken Producer

ANTIQUE - Western Visayas produced a total of 9.98 million native chickens in 2011, making the region the top producer of chicken in the entire country, the Department of Agriculture (DA) said.

DA 6 Technical Director Joyce Wendam said Western Visayas is followed by Central Visayas which produced seven million native chicken last year and Southern Tagalog with 6.29 million production.

To further increase the production of native chicken in Western Visayas, the DA announced that it will finance a three-year development project in partnership with the Central Philippine University (CPU).

The CPU is researching the development of native chicken breed. The research for the initial year this 2012 has been given funding of R250,000 and the same amount will be given each year for another two years continuing the same endeavor.

The aim is to help meet the demand for consumption of native chicken meat.

Dr. Jaime Cabarles, dean, CPU College of Agriculture and Resources and Environmental Sciences (CARES), added that CPU has decided to do research on the development of the native chicken breed because of high demand. (Mars W. Mosqueda Jr.)