MAASIN CITY, Southern Leyte October 2015 (PIA) - There is is no need to worry as there are staple food that can be prepared and preserved for the farm animals with or without El Nino phenomenon.
According to Provincial Veterenarian Dr. Francisco Cabarrubias during the DYSL Kapihan sa PIA last Friday October 16, “ food preparation for the livestock can be easily done with or without El Nino as food ingredients are readily available at the farms with the salige technology.”
He disclosed that food preparations with salige technology is not tedious and low-cost. Where freshly cut native grasses, legumes, rice straw and husks mixed with corresponding amount of molasses and kept in airtight conditions can be preserved in the next three months. The the animal feed becomes more palatable with the mentioned preparations for the livestock.
When most of the farmers burned the rice straw and husks after harvest, they should start the preservation this time . He also said that while there is still abundance of green leaves of sweet potatoes, cassava stalks, it is hightime now to start preserving for food of the farm animals before the onset of the expected dry spell especially by next year.
During El Nino, farm animals should not be left under the trees nor directly under the heat of the sun to avoid being dehydrated, instead they should be kept under a shed in the farm, he said
He also encouraged that these livestock should be regularly made to drink water. If there is scarcity of water to drink brought about by the dry spell, farmers could use coconut water as a healthy liquid to satisfy the thirst of these farm animals.
Dr Cabarrubias encouraged farmers to avail of the grasses and legume seeds for planting at the established production centers located in five towns like Malitbog, Tomas Oppus, Maasin City, Bontoc, Libagon and Lilo-an.
He also volunteered to personally demonstrate in the preparation of salige should there be requests from the interested farmers with enough farm lots to brace for El Nino.(esg/PIA8 SoLeyte)