NDA to disperse more dairy cows, goats in Soccsksargen in 2020
GENERAL SANTOS CITY — The National Dairy Authority (NDA) is set to disperse more dairy cattle and goats to farmers in Region 12 or Soccsksargen in a bid to boost the region’s thriving dairy industry.
NDA administrator Marilyn Mabale said Thursday they have allotted at least 320 heads of foreign-bred dairy cattle for farm-based organizations in the region under its dispersal program next year.
Mabale said 120 heads will be distributed in South Cotabato province and the remaining 200 in this city and Malungon town, Sarangani.
“The dairy cattle will arrive in January next year. They will be quarantined for a month before their distribution to farmers’ cooperatives,” said Mabale, who was here for the two-day Soccsksargen Dairy Fair 2019.
The official said the scheduled distribution of the dairy cattle will complement with the projected increase in the demand for milk in the area in 2020.
She specifically cited the requirements of the feeding programs under the Department of Education (DepEd) and the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).
“DepEd needs plenty of milk for their feeding program while the DSWD will include milk in their supplemental feeding starting next year,” she said.
Aside from dairy cattle, Mabale said NDA will distribute some 7,500 goats in the entire country next year.
She said the target beneficiaries are farmers who have less land area and could not afford to breed dairy cattle.
“2,500 of these goats will be distributed to farmers in Mindanao,” Mabale said.
NDA has been supporting the dairy industry of Malungon, Sarangani since 2012 and has helped establish a P2-million processing plant in the area.
The provincial government of South Cotabato operates a milk processing plant in its Animal Production and Processing Center in Tantangan town.
The Soccsksargen Dairy Fair 2019, which was organized by the Department of Agriculture in Region 12, was held at the Protech Center in Koronadal City. (PNA)