Dumaguete's 1st milk collection center installed
By Jennifer Catan-Tilos
Dumaguete City (3 February) -- The city government has constructed its first milk collection and activity center in Barangay Cantil-e on a 100-square meter DepEd-owned property situated right in front of the Cantil-e Elementary School.
Acording to City Public Information Officer (CPIO) Gemma Iso the center accepts raw milk produced from dairy cows for quality testing. It is also expected to enhance the skills of dairy farmers and boost milk production output, Iso said.
The Information Officer said the establishment of the center is in line with City Mayor Agustin Perdices' commitment to uplit the living conditions of small farmers and improve the nutritional status of school children.
Undertaken by the Land O' Lakes Foundation Phils. Inc., the project was carried out in partnership with the National Dairy Authority, the city government of Dumaguete and the province of Negros Oriental.
Last year, 44 dairy cows of 17 dairy farmers in 4 barangays produced 54,471.89 liters or 203 liters per day at 268 milking days per cow. Of this, 3,633.09 went to home consumption; 4,892.79 liters were fed to calves; 36,504.04 liters were sold to the DFADC; remaining liters were sold to other local consumers.
Gemma Iso said the city government allocated P1M for the procurement of fresh milk from DFADC and used this for the milk feeding program of the City Nutrition Office. The National Dairy Authority through the Land O' Lakes Foundation gave P1M for the same purpose.
A total of 701 pre-schoolers and 617 grades 1 and 2 school children in 16 public schools benefited from the said program. By January 2010, another 444 pre-shoolers will benefit from the city's P667,700 worth of fresh milk within 120 days. (PIA/JCT) [top]