NDA thankful for USDA’s support to the Philippine dairy industry

The National Dairy Authority (NDA) is grateful to the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) for being instrumental in the implementation of a P1.5 billion dairy project that is seen to greatly contribute to the development of the Philippine dairy industry.

The said project is called the “Intensified Community-Based Dairy Enterprise Development” which seeks to build up herd numbers, enhance local milk production, and increase average family income of dairy farmers by employing strategies such as the importation of purebred and crossbred dairy stocks; use of advanced breeding technologies; establishment and strengthening of community-based dairy enterprises within identified impact dairy zones; and provision of capacity building and marketing assistance to organized groups and cooperatives.

Under the four-year project, funding would be apportioned to three agencies of the Department of Agriculture (DA): P987 million for the NDA for dairy cattle and goat production; P512 million for the Philippine Carabao Center (PCC) for dairy carabao production; and P67 million for the Philippine Council for Agriculture and Fisheries for project monitoring and evaluation.

For the goat production component, the NDA’s Project Management Team (PMT), under the guidance and supervision of Administrator Marilyn B. Mabale, has already pre-selected 27 beneficiary organizations and has identified 210 farmers as prospective animal recipients.

The target arrival and distribution of the goats is in 2021 and as such, the team is presently holding several preparatory activities including among others, the conduct of trainings for prospective animal recipients as well as the profiling of farmers as part of data collection which is necessary for the monitoring and evaluation of the project.

As to the dairy cattle production component, the target schedule for the animal importation is by the last quarter of 2021 while the conduct of orientation seminars for prospective recipients is expected to begin by the last quarter of this year.

While the dairy industry is still faced with the challenges brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic, the NDA is still positive that with the cooperation of the implementing agencies backed by the strong and valuable support from the USDA, this undertaking will succeed in hitting its deliverables and ultimately benefit every dairy farmer and stakeholder in the country.