Mindanao’s dairy production gets a boost from PRDP
Mindanao’s dairy production will get a boost from the Department of Agriculture’s (DA) Philippine Rural Development Project (PRDP), which gets its fund from the World Bank.
A statement showed that Northern Mindanao Federation of Dairy Cooperatives (NMFDC) and Unified Engineering Workers Multipurpose Cooperative (UEWMPC) will get a combined funding of P69 million to bankroll their dairy and milk enterprise.
This, as demand on dairy products particularly milk is growing but only very few local players are producing it because of its high perishability without the proper technology.
For instance, NMFDC in El Salvador City, Misamis Oriental has been producing milk and dairy products since 1992. However, they can’t make the full potential in dairy production due to the lack of proper technology.
“The main problem we encounter right now is the shelf life of our milk because it only has an average of seven days. Now our dealers hesitate to take in large volume of our products because they worry that they will not be able to sell all the products before its expiration date,” said NMFDC Vice Chairman Edwin I. Dael.
NMFDC is operating a processing plant and own the brand known as Highland Fresh Dairy Products.
Luckily, their proposal under the PRDP was granted, providing them P22 million for their Dairy Milk Processing and Marketing Enterprise.
“If we can increase our product’s shelf life from 20 to 30 days, dealers can purchase more and they would only need to transport it once. That would mean lesser overhead costs,” Dael said.
Meanwhile, UEWMPC now manages the P47-million Dairy Production and Processing, and Marketing project in Polomolok, South Cotabato, which is also funded by PRDP.
Faced with similar challenges with their counterpart in Northern Mindanao, the project will support the group with the provision of equipment and machineries such as forage chopper, milking machine, motorized trailer, ice bank unit, mixing tank, batch pasteurizer, plate heat exchanger, homogenizer, insulated holder/storage tanks for pasteurized milk, hot water set, chest type freezers, among others.