Bigger dreams are churned during the celebration of the 3rd Provincial Dairy Festival in barangay Lomangog on Thursday.
This year’s celebration of the Dairy Festival is extra special following the push by the Department of Agriculture to make Bohol as the “dairy capital of the Philippines.”
“Today, we are poised to become the dairy production capital of the country,” Bohol Gov. Edgar Chatto said in his address during the opening of the festival.
To boost the province’s capabilities, a total of 5,000 Girolando cattle from Brazil will be distributed to farmers here.
Ubay town is almost two hours drive away from capital Tagbilaran.
“In 2015, we said we want to be a milk producer. In 2016, we said we want to be the Dairy capital in the Visayas,” the governor said.
Chatto along with agriculture and a veterinary team of the province met with DA Sec. Manny Piñol to discuss the program which goals include increased milk production and processing multiplied breed and established a training center, one strategy to bring down poverty incidence.
Bohol’s dairy program started when the Philippine Carabao Center launched Comprehensive Agricultural Technology and Tourism Opportunities (CHATTO) in 2011.
The program aims to give better opportunities to local sectors in the development of community-led carabao-based dairy industry and enterprises for sustainable livelihood.
At the same time, it is a means of increasing income of farmers while improving the health and nutrition of Boholanos.
The Effective Development Communication Unit of the Capitol reported 40 schools under Gatas sa Paaralan para sa Kabataan ug Katawhan Program registered P2 million in gross sales.
Farmer level milk production also posted a 16 percent hike from 2016 to 2017.
The governor Chatto unveiled the Bohol Dairy Signage and the turnover of P1.9 million in funds. The release represents the first tranche of funds under the Philippine Rural Development Program.