The Capitol plans to venture into dairy production as one of the new administration’s flagship program. Provincial Veterinarian Dr. Mary Rose Vincoy was tasked to finalize its proposed Cebu Dairy Development Program. It will be presented to Governor Hilario P. Davide III next week. This will be a joint undertaking between the province of Cebu and the National Dairy Authority (NDA).
NDA Administrator Grace Cenas briefed the governor about the program at the Capitol on Monday, March 24. The governor made a firm commitment to pursue the program, as this falls under his five (5) star development agenda. Gov. Davide said many will benefit from the program designed to generate livelihood in the countryside. “It will also help Cebu become self sufficient in terms of fresh milk production,” said National Dairy Authority Administrator Grace Cenas.
Vincoy stated that this will be the first time for the Capitol to throw its support to dairy farmers. The program’ has five components. This includes dairy upgrading program, dairy multiplier farm, small hold dairy farming, forage and pasture development. Under the dairy multiplier farm, the Capitol also plans to build milk-processing plant.
Cenas said a memorandum of agreement (MOA) will be signed for the implementation of the program. NDA will provide technical assistance and semens from imported dairy cows for free for dairy upgrading. The semens will be used to cross breed with the existing cattles through artificial insemination.
The Capitol will also establish a dairy farm, where it can help in the dairy cow production. The program will address several issues confronting the province. In order to be self-sufficient, Cenas said the province needs 80,000 dairy cows to produce 10 liters of fresh milk per day. This is assuming that every person of the 4 million people in Cebu drinks a glass of milk (the requirement is two) per day. Presently, Cebu only has 600 dairy cows engaged in milk production. They are spread in six towns: Consolacion, Compostela, Liloan, Barili, Argao, and Dalaguete.
The Capitol also spent P12 million to P18 million every year for its supplemental feeding program. Dr. Vincoy said that based on the figures, there is really big market for dairy products in Cebu. Xerxes Alkuino