Negros Occidental pushes expansion of milk production
The Province of Negros Occidental through the Provincial Veterinary Office (PVO) is working to expand its milk production through various initiatives, including partnerships.
This, after the National Dairy Authority (NDA) recognized the province for sustaining its milk production and milk feeding programs, contributing to the further development of the country’s dairy industry.
The award was received by Provincial Veterinarian Renante Decena from NDA Administrator Grace Cenas during the agency’s 21st year program held in Cebu City recently.
“With the support of different local government units (LGUs), particularly the cities of Sagay, San Carlos and Kabankalan, the province was able to sustain its dairy development initiatives,” Decena said.
These cities, through their respective multiplier farms, have been implementing efforts to sustain milk production that contributed a lot to the dairy industry of the province, he added.
Records of PVO showed that Negros Occidental has an average milk production of 45,000 liters per month, coming from both public and private dairy farms and milk production centers.
Production of Capitol-owned Negros First Ranch in Barangay Sta. Rosa, Murcia and the Provincial Livestock Breeding Center and Dairy Farm in Barangay La Granja, La Carlota City are complemented by multiplier farms run by private individuals, cooperatives, and groups.
Decena added that the emergence of more farms and production centers is expected to increase the province’s monthly average milk output to 47,000 liters.
“We are looking at further expanding the programs through a partnership with Japanese company Glocal Japan, which started a joint venture project with the provincial government last year,” the PVO chief said.
For its part, the Japanese company started with 10 cows and will eventually expand up to 100 heads by bringing in technologies needed in putting up the milk processing plant at the Negros First Ranch. (PNA)