MAMBAJAO, CAMIGUIN, October 6, PIA – Starting up a small dairy farm project here opened vast of opportunities for the locals.
The first on the island and located in Mt. Campana, the pilot dairy farm is now a home to some 64 cows. It started with only 25 heads loaned from the National Dairy Authority (NDA) in 2013, with additional 15 heads released this year.
Through this, the local government managed to meet both livelihood and nutritional needs of the people.
To date, the Misamis Oriental State College of Agriculture and Technology (MOSCAT), the only dairy school in the country accredited by New Zealand, is considering “Camiguin Pilot Dairy Production Farm” to be their extension training facility.
It hopes to accommodate students from nearby areas and the locals as well. With this, MOSCAT decongests its trainee as it continues to offer them competitive advantage. After the signing of the memorandum of agreement (MOA) and putting in place all necessary requirements, the facility will then be accredited to grant training certificates.
The Provincial Veterinary Office (PVO) said most needed equipment and facilities in the farm are in place, just recently, the Department of Trade and industry (DTI) also turned-over cooling tank equipment, chiller, and sterilizer.
The dairy farm now produces at least 65 to 100 liters of fresh milk daily, depending on the cycle of births among the herd.
The fresh daily harvest supplies all identified severely wasted children in public schools around the province, which normally runs for 120 feeding days, and will continue to reach other priority groups.
The provincial local government unit (PLGU) also extends regular milk distribution/feeding activities during public assemblies, events, and celebrations.
Other than giving out the fresh daily produce to the needy, the PVO also markets it at P50/liter, while part of it was also fed to the calves.
Revving up local Economy
The dairy farm will serve as the area for propagation of dairy animals through crossbreeding and upgrading, as well as to promote dairy animal trading among stakeholders of the local dairy industry.
Farm Veterinarian Lordgin Gamo said they are positive for a boost in breeding/reproduction, next year, with the arrival of one breeder bull, proven more effective than artificial insemination approach for its capacity not to miss out heifers that sometimes silently heats.
While the facility is operated and maintained by the PLGU, it also engaged local farmers in supplying the corn and forage needs of the herd.
The government buys 77-day-old chopped corn plants at P2.10 per kilo to serve as feeds. Cutting may be done manually or using the machines provided by the PLGU. (JCV/PIA)