In 2016, we received a press release stating that a two-year research project funded by PCAARRD was started in April 2016 at the Capiz State University in Dumarao, Capiz aimed at developing a package of technology for the production of Darag, the native chicken of Panay.
Darag native chicken, by the way, is the only native strain that has been purified through judicious selection, breeding and rebreeding. This means that the chickens are more or less similar in appearance, plumage, size and other desirable traits. It is important to have a stabilized breed for commercial production so that the chicken sold in the market will be more or less of the same size and age, and therefore of the same eating quality.
The project was supposed to have ended in April 2018 hoping to develop a Science and Technology Model Farm (STMF) that will showcase the package of technology for free-range chicken production. The package of technology (POT) would include development of a native chicken breeding and hatchery management system. This will ensure stable supply of both breeder and slaughter native chickens with predictable performance and consistent quality in commercial quantities.
The POT aimed also to include natural feeds, botanical dewormers, vaccine for New Castle Disease (NCD) and range area enhancement protocol for native chicken production. The science and technology interventions would also include emphasis on artificial incubation and brooding.
We are now entering the year 2020. It is about time the results of the research be released for the benefit of the people who are interested in raising native chickens. Will PCAARRD now disseminate the results of the study? PCAARRD is the Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquatic and Natural Resources Research and Development.