Gov. Rodolfo del Rosario at groundbreaking of the dairy processing plant in New Corella, together with LOL Country Manager Qazi Yawar Naeem, Mayor Nestor Alcoran, Bill Verzani, USDA Agri Attaché to the Philippines, and NDA Operations Manager Sulpicio Bayawa.
The multi-million dairy development project in New Corella, Davao del Norte captures the human-centered development agenda of Governor Rodolfo P. del Rosario, known as P.E.O.P.L.E.
The P23-million dairy project, being implemented by the Land O’Lakes (LOL) with funding from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), primarily intends to improve the income of the farmers and provide poor communities with access to nutritious milk.
Gov. del Rosario said the project showcases the three-pronged strategy of his administration in attaining better education, improved health and broader income opportunities for the people.
The project is also a great model of the public-private partnership program of the province, since it pools together the resources of the LOL under the USDA, the National Dairy Authority (NDA), Cooperative Development Authority, the provincial and municipal governments, including that of the recipient farmer cooperatives.
“That is our overall target and this project is one example of what the development strategy P.E.O.P.L.E. is all about,” the governor revealed.
Del Rosario, led the recent launching of the project and groundbreaking of the dairy processing plant in New Corella, together with LOL Country Manager Qazi Yawar Naeem, Mayor Nestor Alcoran, Bill Verzani, USDA Agri Attaché to the Philippines, and NDA Operations Manager Sulpicio Bayawa.
LOL provided the cow stocks while the provincial government provided the counterpart fund of P3.6 for the construction of the dairy processing plant. The municipal government further took charge of the site development of the plant, which is expected to be completed this coming December.
Forty more pregnant cows arrived last October 8, 2011. The remaining 17 heads are being set to be delivered this month, in order to complete the 157 heads that are determined for the first phase of the program.
The governor is very much hopeful the other herd of 150 dairy cows will be available for more farmer-beneficiaries next year for New Corella town to be qualified as a dairy zone. The NDA requires 300 heads of milk cows for a certain area to be recognized as such.
LOL Country Manager Qazi Yawar Naeem said the dairy project will not only benefit the present recipients but the potential future farmers who will be joining the loan scheme of repaying the cow loans.
The cows were given as loans to some 76 farmers, who needs to return a pregnant cow in certain number of years. But, Naeem clarified the repayment cows will not be taken anywhere but will be given to the next set of farmer-beneficiaries.
“You are actually helping your brother farmers to come into this production and marketing value chain by repaying the cow loans,” he said as he enjoined the recipients to be true to their commitments. NOEL BAGUIO