NDA urges LGUs to include local farmers’ milk in the food rations

The National Dairy Authority (NDA) urged the Local Government Units (LGUs) to include local farmers’ milk in the food packs that are distributed to families affected by the Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) due to COVID-19. In a letter sent to city and municipal mayors, NDA Administrator Marilyn B. Mabale explained that “fresh milk is an important component in every diet” and “is a major source of energy, protein, and calcium essential for the maintenance of a healthy body.” She went on to say that “in times of emergencies, where there is a high probability of limited food supply, it is important to have nutrient-dense commodities like milk to combat possible acute or chronic energy deficiency among the population.” She then recommended the inclusion of locallyproduced milk in the food rations not only to add nutritional value to the relief packs but to also help local dairy farmers market their milk during the quarantine period. For its part, the NDA committed to provide assistance by facilitating the negotiation between the LGUs and the dairy farmers who will be tapped as suppliers of milk.

 

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