TUGUEGARAO CITY --- Sales of dairy products in the Cagayan Valley region surged by 33% as a direct result of action plans implemented by the dairy cluster under the National Industry Cluster Capacity enhancement Project or NICCEP.


This was revealed by Director Franklin Rellin of the Philippine Carabao Center (PCC) during a forum on Cattle and Carabao Upgrading Program in the region.


“The dairy industry cluster team feels very proud of the NICCEP action plan because the effects are real and measurable,” Rellin said.


NICCEP is the joint project of Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and the Department of Trade and Industry and supported by government agencies, local government units, academe and private Sector.


From 150,000 liters of cattle milk annually, dairy production has increased to 225,000 liters, or an annual increase of 33%. Buffalo or carabao milk, on the other hand, increased by 6% from 102,000 liters to 109,000 liters, annually, according to Rellin who works closely with the dairy industry cluster in the region.


Rellin said the figures reflect the dedication of the dairy cluster team in trying to “bring out the best” from the region’s dairy industry. “Milk production in the region is expected to increase more as the project continues to help milk farmers boost their output,” the PCC director said.


There are nearly 300 milk-producing dairy animals in the Cagayan Valley region, provided mostly by the government-run PCC thru the assistance provided by the region’s congressman and local government units. Rellin said the PCC is working closely with the dairy cluster in setting up series of training seminars for dairy farm technicians on such topics as animal feeding systems, animal health management and artificial insemination. ( Philpress News)