TUGUEGARAO CITY --- Learning from the successes and best practices of successful dairy coops and firms had a strong positive impact on the 18 dairy industry stakeholders from Luzon who were selected to join a local dairy business mission called “Building Alliances through Networking in other Dairy areas” or BAND.


“The BAND project was a success. It helped Cagayan Valley dairy stakeholders find their strengths and weaknesses. We expect them to grow stronger and boost their productivity,” says Randolf Cacacho, Senior Trade and Industry Specialist of the Department of Trade and Industry in the Region. 


Cacacho said the cluster agreed that it was important to learn from the experiences and successes of well-established dairy cooperatives, companies and institutions in other areas.


”We were convinced it could be a great help if the cluster team can study, compare and adopt the best practices of these successful dairy groups and organizations,” Cacacho said. 


It was the desire of the dairy cluster team, according to Cacacho, to set up a network of contacts with these successful dairy organizations to exchange and share knowledge in running a successful dairy business.


The BAND project was first set into motion in mid-November of last year covering the areas of Nueva Ecija, Bulacan, Laguna, Batangas, Cavite and Quezon City with 18 participating stakeholders from the private sector, state universities and government agencies.


“We’ve adopted some of the best practices and new techniques learned from the BAND project, especially nutrition needs for cattle, as well as marketing and packaging,” says Dr. Nilo Padilla, professor of Isabela State University who helps in the production and marketing of the university’s dairy products. 


The BAND project is a joint effort of the Philippine Carabao Center, National Dairy Authority, Department of Agriculture, DTI and Japan International Cooperation Agency. --- (Philpress News)