Dairy Cooperative Rewarded With 'Share Service Facilities'23 July 2013
PHILIPPINES – A dairy in the Cagayan region has been rewarded by the government with the grant of 'share service facilities'.
The announcement follows ten years of development which has seen the project blossom into a large cooperative.
All stages of the dairy process are carried out at the site including herd production, milking, collection, processing and marketing.
National regulator, the Department of Trade and Industry recently amalgamated with the dairy to form a bigger business.
The success of the Cagayan dairy unit has been expressed by Representative Randolph S. Ting who initiated the scheme in 2003.
Mr Ting outlined the first stage in sourcing local cattle to produce milk for local children: “When we started the project in 2003 we identified Carabaos (the local cattle breed) from which milk can be extracted for distribution to schoolchildren as part of the nutrition program of the city.”
He urged farmers in Cagayan to maintain a herd of least three to five Carabao cattle.
This contributes to additional income, he explained.
“Cooperatives will buy household surplus and process it into pasteurized milk, pastillas, ince cream and cheese.
Technology and knowledge transfer are what Mr Ting says is vital to ensure continued growth in marketing and packaging.
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