Mature Technologies Like Canned Chevon Need Support

The missing link is the lack of enough supply of goats for slaughter. The canning facility is there, and the market is there.

The government spends millions and millions of pesos in agricultural research. Oftentimes, it takes many years before a product of research is ready for commercialization. And only after so much research funds have been spent.

Once a research result is ready for commercialization, what should be the agenda? Government and private initiative should focus on making the technology into a viable agribusiness. Just like the development of canned goat meat (chevon) by the Cagayan Valley Small Ruminants Research Center (CVSRRC) headed by Dr. Jonathan Nayga based at the Isabela State University in Echague town.

Dr. Jonathan Nayga is confident that if there is enough supply of goats for slaughter, commercialization of canned chevon will benefit the farmers as well as consumers, and the economy.
Canned chevon caldereta, an all-time favorite.

Dr. Nayga and his team got an initial funding of P1.5 million from the Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquatic and Natural Resources Research and Development (PCAARRD) in 2012 to start their research in developing canned chevon, particularly caldereta, kilawin and adobo. By 2014, they have already perfected their canned products which were duly patented. Another P4 million had to be spent to put up the Class AA abattoir, cutting and canning facilities.

They have developed a very marketable product. Thereโ€™s a ready market for the canned chevon. A marketing outfit has contracted to market the products. The only problem is that there is not enough supply of slaughter goats to sustain continuous production of the canned chevon.

The good news is that Mayor Francis Faustino Dy of Echague has started procuring 1,000 goats for distribution to selected farmers. He is making chevon as his OTOP project.

GOOD NEWS โ€“ The good news is that the local government unit of Echague headed by Mayor Francis Faustino Dy has started a program to provide selected farmers with stocks to raise goats. The mayor has started procuring 1,000 goats to be distributed to farmers who have undergone training on goat raising under Dr. Nayga. By the way, Dr. Nayga is coming up with a Livestock Training School not only to serve farmers in Isabela but also nationwide.

According to Dr. Nayga, Mayor Dy has adopted chevon as its OTOP (one-town-one-product) project. The initial 1,000 goats could just be the start. The important thing is that the farmers should be able to make money from raising goats. And Dr. Nayga is very positive about that because the marketing outfit, Agricom, that has contracted the distribution of the canned chevon will buy all the slaughter goats produced. The abattoir and the canning facilities can handle the projected output of the farmers. The abattoir can slaughter 50 head per day, and the canning facility has a capacity of 150 to 200 cans per hour.

Eugene Gabriel of Agricom is in charge of marketing the chevon products of CVSRRC headed by Dr. Jonathan Nayga.

On the part of Agricom, its COO, Eugene Gabriel, said that they can easily market all the output of the production facility at the Isabela State University in Echague. The potential market is not only in the Philippines but also in communities of OFWs abroad.

What do the goat raisers need? They need access to affordable capital so they can expand. They need technical training so they become more efficient in raising their animals. They need affordable feed so they can take care of more animals in their backyards. One answer could be the availability of affordable silage for year-round feeding.

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Eugene Gabriel showing off his sizzling bulalo.

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