NEGROS ORIENTAL, Jan. 14 (PIA) -- A 25-hectare San Jose Breeding Station of the Department of Agriculture Region 7 (DA-7) is now being enhanced and improved to cater to the needs of the farmers in Negros Oriental.
For now, the station houses cacao and coffee plantations with 20 heads of breeder turkeys and 30 heads of native chickens with offspring in Brgy. Janay-Janay in San Jose town.
San Jose Breeding Station is also a satellite research outreach station (ROS) of Negros Oriental Research and Development Center (NORDC) of DA-7.
DA-7 Regional Executive Director Atty. Salvador Diputado, during his recent visit to the station, found the area productive and functional.
He said the center, aside from being a livestock breeding station, is now a diversified research outreach station with the establishment of other crops production areas like cacao and coffee.
Diputado also bared the agency's plan for the ROS to be positioned as a potential expansion area of the cacao-coconut intercropping as well as the super sweet jackfruit seedlings.
Diputado added that before the release of seedlings or any interventions to farmer-recipients, the area of the farmers must be validated first.
Evansueda Abbas, NORDC chief, said the poultry broods are intended for distribution to local farmers under the dispersal program.
Sarah Perocho, DA-7's Provincial Agriculture Technology and Program Coordinating Officer in the province, shared that the station will continue to operate now that it is being improved. (jct/PIA7 Negros Oriental)