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Government tells dairy farmers to improve milk quality

The Philippine Carabao Center (PCC), an attached agency of the Department of Agriculture (DA), said it is ready to provide assistance to improve the quality and quantity of the farmers’ milk output.

PCC Acting Executive Director Arnel Del Barrio said the agency is now implementing some interventions to address the problem of dairy farmers in marketing and distribution of milk, in line with Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol’s plan to improve the country’s dairy production.

“With good feeding, management, and breeding, you are sure to boost your animals’ milk production. You just focus on the production and we, at PCC, are doing interventions such as the institutionalization of milk feeding program and establishment of products’ outlets,” Barrio said.

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He added that in 2017, PCC will take on a new role to monitor the feeding systems of dairy farmers.

Key personnel of PCC dedicated for this purpose, he said, will conduct an actual visit to the farms of dairy farmers and provide suggestions to improve their feeding systems.

“We are targeting 50 farmers to be visited next year to help them with their animal nutrition problem. It will be consultative. We will approach you to hear your concerns then we will agree on solutions,” he said.

Last week, PCC conducted two-day farmers’ training where it provided tips on backyard production of forages to support the nutritional requirement of buffaloes.

The training is in line with the project 1 component of the Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquatic and Natural Resources Research and Development (PCAARRD) program called the “Development of Feeding Protocols and Practices to Support the Nutritional Requirements of Dairy Buffaloes.”

The project, which was funded by PCAARRD and implemented by PCC, aimed to address the issue on feed scarcity by providing assistance in the form of technical and practical trainings to dairy buffalo farmers in order to help them plan out and implement a sustainable home-grown grasses and legumes plantation. “Forage supply for feeding buffaloes is one of the major problems that affect the success of the dairy farmers especially their income,” Daniel Aquino, project leader and center director of PCC, said.

“Majority of farmers at the national impact zone practice different feeding systems depending on the number of their buffaloes. Whereas, those who have more than five dairy buffaloes are becoming aware of the importance of good nutrition, thus, they adopt forage production by establishing a forage garden using improved grasses.” he added.