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Milk Self Sufficiency Goal Set For New Dairy Institute

06 May 2013

PANAMA – Meetings between the government and the national bank have been held to formalise funding schemes for a research institute targeting meeting the national annual demand of 300 million litres.

This is according to the Ministry of Agriculture who announced plans for milk production last week.

Dairying in Panama currently produces 210 million litres of milk. To meet national demand the Panamanian Institute of Dairy Cattle (IPAGAL) is going to be funded to develop knowledge and skills in the fields of genetics, management and animal nutrition.

The IPAGAL will influence the direction and policy of the dairy industry, said Agricultural Minister, Oscar Osorio Casal.

Agriculture students will be offered training and research opportunities and a knowledge base will be built up to help farm professionals. Internships and training within the institute will also be offered.

Areas of development will also focus on water management and storage, farm management and administration.

TheCattleSite News Desk

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