Sulu Veterinary and Agriculture Seminar

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Sulu Veterinary and Agriculture Seminar


JOLO, SULU, Philippines (PIA) - A total of 150 participants representing the technical personnel from the Department of Agriculture and the Office of the Provincial Agriculturist, and the academe in the province attended a Veterinary/Agriculture Seminar conducted by Department of Agriculture (USDA) with Mr. Philip Shull, Foreign Agriculture Service Councilor, the highest official of USDA based in the Philippines, as speaker last June 1, 2011 at the Sulu Area Coordinating Center, Bangkal, Patikul, Sulu.Mr. Shull pointed out in his presentation the following components necessary to develop the economy: Focus on food for progress, improved agricultural techniques, marketing system, farmer education and cooperative development, expanded processing capability, and agricultural business development. He also highlighted the topic on Biotechnology, its power and promises. He also shared the USDA assisted projects in Mindanao.Other topics discussed were Veterinary Civic Action Program (VetCAP): The Sulu Experience by Ms. Mercia Alli, Provincial Livestock Coordinator of DA-Sulu and Team Leader of the Sulu VetCAP team. She also shared the agriculture situationer with emphasis on livestock and poultry, including the common animal diseases, farmers' practices, and how Veterinary Civic Action Program or VetCAP as a response will help farmers improve the health and productivity of their animals. Problems encountered as well as the areas for collaboration was also tackled.Cpt. Angelito Borja, a veterinarian by profession and a reservist at the AFP Veterinary Corps, discussed the veterinary techniques for Mindanao, presenting a comparative situation for vet services. He mentioned that in Luzon and Visayas farmers pay for the services compared to Mindanao like Sulu where it is provided through outreach activity for free. Common diseases and treatment was also part of the discussions. The topic on Veterinary Education in the Philippines was also enlightening and is seen to open opportunities for the academe and the students the potentials of opening a course or pursuing studies on veterinary considering that the province of Sulu lack graduates of veterinary medicine. …

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