As a response to the increasing demand for halal products, an event in Davao City promoted the production of halal goat developed from research and development initiatives of government agencies and state universities.
The Farms and Industry Encounters through the Science and Technology Agenda on Halal Goat, was held recently at the University of Southeastern Philippines in Davao City, Rose Anne M. Aya of the PCAARRD Applied Communication Division said.
Dr. Reynaldo V. Ebora, Executive Director of The Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquatic and Natural Resources Research and Development, said the demand for halal products are not only prompted by Muslims, as non-Muslims have also taken interest in these products.
These products should be safe, clean, and wholesome as mandated under Islamic law, Aya quoted Ebora as saying.
“Our country has indicated its readiness to join this lucrative market of halal products, with the creation of the Halal Board under the Philippines Halal Export Development and Promotion Act of 2016,” Ebora said.
Halal is Arabic for lawful and permissible under the Islamic law.
“In the scientific perspective, goat is the perfect meat as it is a healthier alternative to chicken, beef, pork, and lamb. It has lower calories, saturated fat, and cholesterol, but has high potassium and iron,” he said.
Ebora also provided an overview of the accomplishments of PCAARRD in halal goat production. These include protocols on transport and marketing, slaughtering, chevon processing, and laboratory-based haram detection.
In terms of research and development, PCAARRD has invested P29 million for halal goat over the past nine years. This year, it has funded the P35-million program, Niche Centers in the Regions for R & D or NICER Halal Goat Science and Innovation Center.