The Commission on Higher Education (CHED) approved another P9.5M project for SPAMAST entitled “Conservation and Sustainable Utilization of Native Chicken in Davao Region,” under the CHED-DARE TO program which will be implemented for two (2) years.
Project duration started June 16, 2017 until June 15, 2019.
The project was actually a component of the implemented internally-funded project of SPAMAST which is the establishment of a Demonstration Farm on Organic Farming at Buhangin Campus on the collection of existing native chickens in the locality for preservation and multiplication.
The said project will be collaborated with other state colleges and university in the region who offered programs in Agriculture or Agriculture Technology namely USeP, DOSCSCT, and CVSC.
This project will aim on the establishment of a genepool available native chickens as source for developing and conserving a true-to-type stain/strains in the five (5) provinces of Davao region. Knowing the gaps of the current production system in each province, genetic diversity analysis would be done to formulate and introduce an inter-province S&T intervention.
Trials will be done to develop a location specific package of technology ready for dissemination. Hence, this project will make use of inherent and desirable traits of the native chicken for genetic improvement and find out some strategies to sustain its productivity in Region XI.
Research Team is composed of the following: Dr. Augie E. Fuentes, SPAMAST RDE Director-project leader; project staff: Dr. Shirley S. Villanueva, Dr. Dr. Misael B. Clapano, Dr. Nila Nanette S. Revilla, Dr. Heidi D. Nadela, Mr. Richard C. Maravillas, Mr. Jonash Bunda, Ms. Merry Ann Dejucatan, Mr. Jeson Geroche; Science aide: Mr. Rey Mariano, Ms. Rio Jean Molina and Mr. Froilan Escobido, and Science Research assistant Ms. Danica Jane Dumanig – Ma. Regina E. Robante