PNDZP showcases Dela Roca Dairy Farm
By: Ching Lumanta
PNZDP Team : Dr. Adena Detera, Regional Coordinator, Ms. Mary Ann De Gana , Adrian De La Roca, focus farmer in Sariaya, Quezon and Mr. Dino Lanoy, spearheaded the training done at Hacienda Darasa , Tanauan, Batangas.
Adrian dela Roca grew in a farm in Sariaya, Quezon where he and his siblings are geared into electronics. He, for once, worked in the National Irrigation Administration (NIA). His father, a member of Palsahingin -Concepcion Dairy Multi-Purpose Cooperative (PALCON) has been raising dairy cattle as their main source of income. Other members of his family are egging him to join the fray, but dairying seemed distant to his other pursuits. Adrian dreamt of going to Japan to earn more. For him, working overseas is the best route to earning dollars and eventually fulfil his dream of contributing and helping in the financial woes of the family.
He pursued his goal but unfortunately, he was not given a visa. Disappointed but not beaten, he decided to divert his attention to the management of their calamansi farm. He thought that he might be destined to be a farmer in his hometown. At this time, the Philippines New Zealand Dairy Project (PNZDP) team has been going around the National Dairy Authority (NDA)-assisted projects in South Luzon and found their farm as a possible venture for the ongoing study being made on the production of Mulatto and Mombasa seeds as potential forage sources to help improve the nutritional condition of dairy animals in the vicinity. Eager as he was, Adrian grabbed the opportunity, took the offer and planted the seeds in the between portions of the calamansi field. After just barely two weeks, the grasses grew up to knee length. These were harvested and fed to their dairy animals. The results were visibly seen in terms of good appetite, nice shine of the fur coat of their cows and increased milk production of their herd.
As a Focus farmer under the PNZDP , a farmer is given seeds
as start up for him to plant and 1 set of solar electric fence.
At present, Adrian continues to manage their dairy farm and just recently, they were visited by the NDA staff who participated the PNZDP’s Training on Feeding Dairy Cows and Farm Management held on November 11-13, 2015.
23 NDA personnel coming from the different departments and sections formed part of the 2nd batch of trainees L-R
Upper row: Arit Montiel, Cecile Manuel, Guia Hermoso, Pat pailan, NIkkie de los Santos, Derek Cimafranca, Renante and Priscillo Ferrer, Focus farmers in Sariaya , Quezon, Dan Panganiban, Dino Lanoy, OIC Operations, Jaime Lopez, Lita Astronomia, Rainier Mangampat, Elvira Gecolea, Orly Cuevas, Jing Aguilar
Bottom Row: Susan Andaluz, Lyn Regonay, Madz Patiak, Flor Reyes, Denz Detera, Nori Ann Rosario, Agnes Manto, Rovie Dela Cruz, and Ching Lumanta