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Philippines’ department of agriculture has revealed plans to upgrade and modernise livestock trading in order to provide farmers, raisers and traders more income and generate more jobs
Agriculture secretary Proceso J Alcala said that the department has recently launched an initiative in partnership with the Japanese government and the host municipality region during the inauguration of a US$925,600 upgrade of livestock ‘oksyon’ market (LOM) in Lemery, Batangas.
The upgrade was jointly funded by the Japanese government, which provided US$786,760, the department of agriculture, which invested US$69,420 and the host municipal government, which contributed US$80,990.
Alcala said that when fully operational, the livestock raisers will be expected to earn more income, by up to 25 per cent, with the transparent and automated livestock trading system. Also, more jobs will be generated.
He said that the Lemery LOM will also serve as a model for other livestock auction markets in the country.
Alcala instructed the department of agriculture region 4A director, Dimaculangan to assess the viability of constructing a farm-to-market road that will connect the Lemery LOM to the main highway, and thus encourage more livestock raisers and traders from other parts of Batangas and Luzon provinces to sell and trade their livestock and poultry.