Swine Genomics Project to improve swine production launched

February 5, 2013 11:19 pm 

By Leilani S. Junio

MANILA, Feb. 5, — Various agriculture and agriculture-related agencies have agreed to work together to improve swine breeder productivity and income in the country.

The agencies that signed a memorandum of agreement for a Swine Genomics Project during the celebration of its 83rd Anniversary of the Bureau of Animal Industry were: Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquatic and Natural Resources Research and Development (PCAARRD), Accredited Swine Breeders Association of the Philippines (ASBAP) and Department of Agriculture-Bureau of Animal Industry (DA-BAI).

In signing the MOA, they expect to increase the production of pigs that are healthy, productive and without the genetical defects.

Under the agreement, the PCAARRD and DA-BAI will work together in assisting ASBAP to boost swine production through the application of a technology called gene marker or dna-based technology to select the breed of the sow to enable them to breed more and contribute to the growth of swine industry in the country.

In the dna test marker, the sow that will breed faster will be identified through the marker that will indicate prolificacy or the ability to produce offspring in abundance.

The sows that are carrier of negative genes or with genetic defects will be eliminated.(PNA)

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