The first batch of assessors and trainers in milking machine operation were trained through the joint effort of the Agricultural Training Institute (ATI), Philippine Carabao Center (PCC), and National Dairy Authority (NDA) at the PCC National Headquarters and Gene Pool on May 8-12, 2017.
Representatives from NDA, PCC, state universities offering Agricultural Engineering, Bureau of Animal Industry, National Meat Inspection Service, and the local government unit of Cebu participated in the week-long training called “Agricultural Machinery Operation NCII on Milking Operations for Trainers and Assessors”.
“The first group of trainers and assessors on milking machine operation will come from these participants,” Kemuel Borromeo, ATI Development Management Officer, said.
The participants will undergo another training called ‘Training Methodology 1’ with the assistance of the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA), where they will prepare milking operations standard modules. They will use these modules when they train farmers and other groups who are interested to be NCII-accredited ‘Milkers’.
“The Milking Operation NC II Qualification consists of competencies that a person must achieve to conduct pre-milking activities, perform milking operation and carry-out post-milking operation,” Borromeo explained.