February 19, 2021


Mindanao, Philippines advances wagyu meat production


Mindanao, the Philippines, is advancing its wagyu meat production as part of the government's efforts to improve the region's food self sufficiency.


Five provinces in Mindanao will be identified to serve as pilot areas for the implementation of a cattle production programme initiated by the Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA).


According to MinDA chairman Emmanuel Piñol, each of the five pilot areas will start with at least 500 cows or female cattle to be purchased from local farmers for an artificial insemination programme aimed to introduce outstanding genetics like wagyu.


MinDA livestock consultant Arnel Corpuz will spearhead the preparation of the areas for the programme.


The programme aims to encourage local government units (LGU) in Mindanao to invest in food production projects in order to help achieve food self sufficiency.


Piñol said that at least three provincial governors have already expressed their interest in the project.


Two more provinces are being evaluated based on the availability of space for cattle breeding, fattening facilities and the availability of forage materials.


Following identification and validation of the pilot areas, MinDA, with the support of the Technical Skills and Development Authority (TESDA), will start a training programme for workers in the Provincial Cattle Breeding and Fattening Facility.


The Development Bank of the Philippines (DBP) will provide funding support to LGUs that will participate in the wagyu programme.


"Each of the pilot provinces will also establish their processing facilities similar to the Halal Abattoir established by the Department of Agriculture (DA) in Cotabato City," Piñol said.


According to the latest data from the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA), the Philippines' total cattle production from October to December 2020 was estimated at 69,150 tonnes live weight. This was down by 7.6%, compared with 74,850 metric tonnes live weight in the same quarter of 2019.


 - Manila Bulletin