To increase swine production and the profit of local hog raisers in Bataan, Vice Governor Cris Garcia led the launching of the Swine Artificial Insemination sa Barangay (SWAIB) Project last January 20 at the Bataan Peninsula State University (BPSU) Abucay Campus.
The SWAIB Project provides a biosecure and climate-controlled farm facility, purebred breeder boars, laboratory, lab equipment, and feeds that ultimately produce genetically-superior semen, thereby improving the herd genetic material of hogs.
This project was born through the tripartite partnership among the Agricultural Training Institute-International Training Center on Pig Husbandry, Provincial Government of Bataan, and Bataan Peninsula State University to complement Component 2 of the Integrated National Swine Production Initiatives for Recovery and Expansion (INSPIRE) Program.
Present during the event were Board Members Benjamin Serrano and Atty. Tony Roman, Mr. Gaudencio Ferrer, Center Director of Agricultural Training Center for Central Luzon Engr. Joey Belarmino, BPSU University President Dr. Gregorio Rodis, BPSU Abucay Campus Director Engr. Walter Valdez, Regional Livestock Coordinator Dr. Agnes Uera, representatives from the Department of Agriculture Regional Field Office III, Veterinarians, and employees from the Provincial Veterinarian’s Office headed by Dr. Alberto Venturina.
Local leaders and representatives from different government agencies also took the opportunity to visit the campus-based techno-demo farm on diversified organic crops and livestock production in upland ecosystem and the free-range chicken multiplier & breeder farm project within the compound.