Bohol reinforces its aim to become the country’s dairy capital with an entrepreneurial venture to push products made from the produce of local dairy farmers.
On Friday, the provincial government inaugurated a new branch of the Dairy Box in a local mall in the city. It is not just an opening of a dairy product outlet, but the push for a more robust dairy industry in the province.
Bohol Dairy Cooperative (BDC) opened the new branch of the Dairy Box, which is an economic enterprise to help push the products of dairy farmers.
BDC aims to help farmers get their products better market penetration especially in the province, said cooperative chairman Roger Damalerio.
The goal of the dairy box is to raise the living standards of the dairy farmers ultimately.
The Dairy Box is an enterprise formed with the help of the Cooperative Development Authority, Bohol Tourism Office, Department of Social Welfare and Development, the provincial government, Department of Trade and Industry, Department of Science and Technology and the Philippine Carabao Center.
The store will feature several products made from milk. There are pastries and other desserts available which uses milk as one of the ingredients.
Gov. Edgar Chatto led the rites to open the new branch of the Dairy Box, which could pave the way for a massive acceptance of Bohol’s dairy product consumption.
The Dairy Box has a branch that opened earlier located in Carmen town, said the governor.
The governor urged the Boholanos to try and patronize the products made from milk to help the farmers.
Last week, Department of Agriculture Sec. Manny Pinol hinted Bohol could be the Dairy Capital of the Philippines.
Part of the program is bringing in of 1,000 new breeding cows from Brazil, which will be brought to Ubay Stock Farm in Ubay town.
Chatto said he is giving much value to the new Dairy Box outlet as a way to support to dairy industry in Bohol.
He said it had been a long-standing dream of Bohol to become a major producer of dairy products.
As part of the effort to promote the industry, Bohol has been initiating a dairy festival, which has been ongoing for the past three years. Bohol is among the few provinces in the Philippines with a dairy festival.
The ultimate goal is to make Bohol a major supplier of dairy products not just in the Visayas, also to the entire country.
The development framework of making Bohol a prime dairy product producer has aligned with the national agenda.
Earlier Piñol eyed Bohol to be the dairy capital of the country after making the pronouncement after a meeting with the Organizacion Mundial de Sanidad Animal (OIE) in Buenos Aires, Argentina recently.
According to Piñol, Bohol is being considered as the center of the Philippine Dairy Development Program mainly because the DA owns the 3,000-hectare area Ubay Stock Farm which is a natural confinement area for imported cattle.
Piñol said that should Bohol officials,and the people accept the project, the province stands to benefit greatly since along with the establishment of the dairy farm in Ubay, major firms may be interested in setting up fresh milk-packaging facilities in Ubay.
To complete the set-up, the government will establish a modern slaughterhouse and processing facility in Ubay.
Some 5,000 Girolando cattle from Brazil will also be imported and are expected to produce an estimated 22 million liters of milk per year.
Piñol thought Bohol needed to be trained to build a robust dairy industry, Chatto said the province has been working to strengthen the industry for years now.
There are farmers in about five towns in the province already producing dairy aside from the Ubay facility and the dairy center.
The idea is to expand the dairy production in more towns in the province, said the governor.
The provincial government will be employing personnel to gather milk from the cattle of farmers.
This way, the farmer will have less hassle to transport the dairy products to theready market since it will be delivered to the processing center.
The outlets such as Dairy Box will help promote and mass market the dairy products from producers in the province.
Chatto said the farmers who produce milk aside from using cattle for farming saw an increase in income. The governor said some of the farmers have been able to improve their economic standing. (DSA)