The Department of Agriculture – National Dairy Authority (DA-NDA), as part of its Intensified Community-Based Dairy Enterprise Development project, turned over a total of 104 dairy goats to 10 farmer-members of the Food Innovators RIC of San Antonio on February 24, 2022 at the SSG Farm, Brgy. Niing, San Antonio, Quezon.
In his welcome remarks, Municipal Mayor Eric M. Wagan expressed the appreciation of the local government to the DA-NDA for the dairy goat project in San Antonio, Quezon. He went on by committing their support and cooperation to the DA-NDA and to its forthcoming projects in his municipality, being a farmer himself.
DA Undersecretary for Livestock William C. Medrano congratulated the project beneficiaries and challenged them to produce more dairy goats and more milk to make the distributed milk cans full every day.
Chairperson of the Committee on Agriculture and Food Senator Cynthia A. Villar and DA Secretary William D. Dar imparted their message thru recorded video.
For his part, NDA Officer-in-Charge (OIC), Administrator Farrell Benjelix C. Magtoto cited Quezon as one of the top milk-producing provinces in South Luzon and challenged the members of Food Innovators RIC of San Antonio, especially the ten recipients of dairy animals, to contribute remarkably in the milk production statistics of the province.
Further, DA’s Assistant Secretary for Regulations and Philippine Council for Agriculture and Fisheries (PCAF) Executive Director Liza Battad called on the recipients to be serious in making their dairy enterprises as a business. She dissuaded the “dole-out” mentality and emphasized that hard-work and passion will aid the farmer-beneficiaries to hurdle any obstacles. She was accompanied by PCAF OIC – Deputy Executive Director Julieta Opulencia during the event.
During the turnover ceremony, the Provincial Government of Quezon, under the leadership of the Governor Danilo E. Suarez, and through Provincial Veterinarian Dr. Flomella Caguicla, distributed veterinary supplies to the farmers in support to their farm’s herd health management.
Ms. Luzviminda Giangan, one of the farmer-beneficiaries and owner of SSG Farm also spoke in behalf of the other recipients, and conveyed her heartfelt thanks to the DA-NDA for all the support extended to the beneficiaries of the project.
The event wrapped up with the closing remarks of the project’s National Coordinator Rowena E. Bautista.
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