Ne­gocc dairy farm gets na­tional ci­ta­tion

Sun Star Bacolod - - Business -

THE Pro­vin­cial Live­stock Breed­ing Cen­ter and Dairy Farm (PLBCDF) op­er­ated by the Pro­vin­cial Ve­teri­nary Of­fice (PVO) of Ne­gros Oc­ci­den­tal was awarded as one of the out­stand­ing dairy farms in the coun­try dur­ing the Gawad Dairy Awards 2019 of the Na­tional Dairy Au­thor­ity (NDA) at the Agri­cul­tural Train­ing In­sti­tute in Que­zon City yes­ter­day.

Lo­cated at Barangay La Granja in La Car­lota City, PLBCDF is the only gov­ern­ment-owned and op­er­ated farm to be cited na­tion­wide.

There are 10 re­cip­i­ents in the coun­try this year. It is the only awardee from the Visayas.

The award was re­ceived by Pro­vin­cial Vet­eri­nar­ian Renante De­cena, Farm Man­age­ment Di­vi­sion Dr. Placeda Le­m­ana, and PLBCDF Man­ager Joselito Ja­balla.

Estab­lished by the pro­vin­cial gov­ern­ment in 2001, the fa­cil­ity is po­si­tioned to pro­duce fresh milk for pre and grade school chil­dren as well as breeder an­i­mals for com­po­nent lo­cal gov­ern­ment units (LGUS) in the province thereby im­prov­ing the health of the pub­lic.

De­cena, in a state­ment said, the project is also aimed at en­cour­ag­ing Ne­grenses to shift to milk from other bev­er­ages.

“This is by in­tro­duc­ing fresh milk taste to school chil­dren and trans­fer dairy and breed­ing tech­nol­ogy to the back­yard level as a source of ad­di­tional in­come,” he said, adding that

the lat­ter cre­ates liveli­hood op­por­tu­ni­ties through pro­cess­ing of value added dairy prod­ucts and live­stock dis­per­sal.

The farm cat­tle dairy pro­duc­tion at PLBCDF in­cludes fresh milk and yo­gurt in vari­ant fla­vors like cho­co­late, ube, buko pan­dan, straw­berry, and mango.

Its av­er­age dairy milk pro­duc­tion is 100 liters a day with 16 heads of cow on the milking line.

De­cena said the dairy farm was then one of the pi­lot projects of the late Gov­er­nor Joseph Marañon in sup­port to his sev­en­point agenda for food suf­fi­ciency and poverty al­le­vi­a­tion.

The ini­tia­tive has been con­tin­ued and even ex­panded by the province un­der the present gov­er­nor Al­fredo Marañon Jr., he added.

CON­TRIB­UTED PHOTO

PVO of­fi­cials led by Pro­vin­cial Vet­eri­nar­ian Renante De­cena (third from left) re­ceive the out­stand­ing dairy farm ci­ta­tion dur­ing the Gawad Dairy Awards 2019 of the Na­tional Dairy Au­thor­ity (NDA) at the Agri­cul­tural Train­ing In­sti­tute in Que­zon City yes­ter­day.

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