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Cagayan eyed as carabao crossbreeding capital

SAN AGUSTIN, Isabela (PNA) – The Philippine Carabao Center (PCC) in the Cagayan Valley region is eyeing this town to be the carabao crossbreeding capital of the Philippines.

Director of the PCC’s regional office, Franklin Rellien, said some carabao breeds in San Agustin town in Isabela province have already produced better carabao breeds.

He said the carabao bulls that the PCC provided to the town are crossbred with native carabaos for better results.

San Agustin has a total number of 4,828 carabaos, which are used in plowing fields and producing milk. The milk is sold to a town cooperative, which in turn processes and sells it to the local market.

Rillien said the PCC is continuously assisting San Agustin by vaccinating the carabaos and curing them of illnesses.

“We have seen how healthy the crossbred carabaos are and how they perform in field work,” he said during the Nuang Festival held in this town last September 26-28.

He said the PCC, in partnership with the town’s local government, will work for the possible declaration of the town as the country’s carabao crossbreeding capital.