CTU– Barili Campus, in partnership with the Department of Agriculture – Regional Field Office 7, implemented the Cattle Feedlot Fattening Operation under the Livestock-Based Livelihood Enterprise Development Project (NLP).
Through a sub-agreement with three farmers’ associations in Barili, namely, Dakit Tubod Farmers Association, Balao Farmers Association, and Pangpang Farmers Association, the project beneficiaries will be the sons and daughters of the member farmers.
Sixteen children of the bonafide members of the partner farmers’ association enrolled at the College of Agriculture, Food Science, Business, and Communication (CAFBC) are the primary beneficiaries of the project.
Each student beneficiary will receive one cattle. Following the ‘Paalima’ in a confined system, the student beneficiaries will perform all labor requirements in caring for the farm animals.
The project’s beneficiaries will undergo various training and participate in several consultation meetings with the Production, Extension, and Resource Generation Unit (PERG) of CTU Barili. The PERG will also provide all the technical expertise needed for project implementation and sustainability.
To ensure the project sustainability, upon graduation of the primary student beneficiary, an incoming student will replace the beneficiary as the partner farmers association recommended.
A sharing scheme will be followed until the beneficiary achieve 100% ownership of the cattle grown within the facility at CTU-Barili Campus.
The project aims to help provide additional income to students and its partner farmer associations. It also aims to promote sustainable cattle feedlot fattening enterprises in Cebu Province, ensuring food sufficiency.
Words by: Ivy J. Dematawaran