Gov. Edgar Chatto, along with Tubigon Mayor William Jao, DTI regional director Aster Caberte, and Association of Dairy Farmers in Tubigon president Edito Ricafort raise cow’s milk products at the turnover of the shared service facility for dairy processing from the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) to the Association of Dairy Farmers in Tubigon (ADFAT) in Brgy. Ilijan Norte, in Tubigon.
Chatto commits continued support to industry
“There is money in dairy,” was tagline at the 2nd Bohol Dairy Festival at the Farmer’s Trading Center in Lomangog, Ubay on Wednesday.
Philippine Carabao Center director Dr. Caro Salces reported, despite El Nino phenomenon, milk production of 1,000 liters per day has been sustained as of the first festival. PCC is also experimenting on a new breed of livestock that can produce up to 3,000 liters, as new target for milk production has been set at 2,000 liters per day.
Salces also said product sales have reached P13 million, P8 million from the cooperative and P5 million from the Philippine Carabao Center outlets. This combined revenue does not yet include sales from the National Dairy Authority.
For product marketing, they have linked up with the Dairy Box in Munoz, Nueva Ecija and is set to also open outlets in Cebu and in the town of Carmen here.
Provincial Veterinarian Dr. Bing Lapiz said about 20% out of 65,000 carabao population in the province is all that is needed to boost dairy production in a bid to make Bohol milk capital.
The dairy industry has shown remarkable growth, Lapiz stated with 272,000 liters of milk produced as of October. This year, the Bohol Dairy Producers Association also grew with membership 18 associations and cooperatives, along with the institutionalization of dairy farms.
Gov. Edgar Chatto, for his part, inspired dairy farmers and agriculture technicians at the 2nd Bohol Dairy Festival as he committed to continue to support the industry with programs such as dairy enterprise and feeding program for schools, a directive for tourism establishments to offer the carabao milk drinks to visitors, distribution of freezers to enterprise centers, carabao dispersal along with deworming and vaccines and vitamins and minerals, support for milk processing and support for technicians, among others.
The Provincial Government invested in enterprise centers in schools both to address nutrition and livelihood. There are now 41 school-based enterprises.
Chatto, joined by Vice Gov. Dionisio Balite, and PCC, NDA, Agriculture officials turned over 14 carabaos, freezers, and milk processing equipment to beneficiaries during the congress.
Department of Agriculture (DA) Regional Technical Director Joel Elumba furthers dairy industry goal by encouraging farmers not only to milk their livestock for selling to the market but also for personal consumption.
On the same day, the governor proceeded to the shared service facility for dairy processing from the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) to the Association of Dairy Farmers in Tubigon (ADFAT) in Brgy. Ilijan Norte, in Tubigon.
A development initiative of the DTI, the facility is equipped with milk vats, batch pasteurizer, batch homogenizer, cooling tank, liquid filling machine, stainless steel tables, industrial freezer, industrial chiller, and digital weighing scale.
With the facility, ADFAT can now produce more than double its cow’s milk production from 120 liters a day to up to 300 liters a day.
The shared service facility for dairy processing is not only seen to increase production capacity but also to improve product quality and safety, reduce processing cost, introduce appropriate production process and manufacturing technology, and conform to food safety regulatory and statutory requirements.
The governor said he will direct his office through the Office of the Provincial Veterinarian to visit the facility and assess how government support can be linked in order to further boost the dairy industry in the province.
He was joined by DTI regional director Aster Caberte, Tubigon Mayor William Jao, DTI Bohol OIC Angeline Pauline Gonzalez, ADFAT president Edito Ricafort, and Cong. Rene Relampagos represented by Archie Lungay. (Leah/EDCOM)