PCC, Korean center ink partnership for scientific cooperation on animal nutrition

The Philippine Carabao Center (PCC) and the Jeonnam Korean Beef Cattle Cooperation Center (JKBCCC) have agreed to undertake a three-year scientific collaboration aimed at helping address the growing demands of the Philippine livestock industry.


Dr. Felomino V. Mamuad, PCC OIC executive director, and Dr. Sang–Suk Lee, JKBCCC head, formalized the agreement through a memorandum of understanding (MOU) signed on Feb. 26 at the PCC national headquarters.


The MOU was also signed by Technology Application Center-Korea lead Dr. Dong-Keun Kam, and PCC nutrition unit head Dr. Daniel Aquino.


JKBCCC was established in 2007 under the Korean Development Association. Its objective is to continuously improve the Han-u beef cattle in Korea and to address the needs of its dairy farmers.


Dr. Lee is a professor at the Sunchon National University in Korea. Under his leadership, the JKBCC provides technical training and assistance on all aspects of beef and dairy cattle production, such as animal breeding, nutrition, health and traceability.


On the other hand, Dr. Kam specializes on the improvement of beef cattle nutrition and total mixed ration (TMR) production.


The PCC-JKBCCC collaboration highlights the importance of correct feeding management aimed at optimizing animal nutrition to boost their reproductive ability.


Under the three-year agreement, mutual assistance in the areas of research and technology development, knowledge-sharing, capacity-building and other relevant collaborative studies will be carried out by the two entities.


“This partnership will help us improve the nutrition of our dairy buffaloes. I believe that giving proper nutrition to the animals will help them produce more milk,” Dr. Mamuad said in his message during the MOU signing.


For his part, Dr. Aquino said the results of this collaboration will further help the farmers formulate proper food ration for their animals in their respective areas.


In his response, Dr. Lee said the partnership between JKBCC and PCC will be mutually beneficial to Korean and Filipino farmers.


Former PCC executive director Dr. Libertado C. Cruz, who witnessed the MOU signing ceremony, stressed the significance of the PCC and JKBCCC collaboration, citing the importance of sustainable feed resources.


“The MOU that we have signed is very important. Many of the animal performances that are noted in the field and in the farm are affected in big majority by nutrition. Our limitation in the country is the sustainability of feed supply. The TMR that we have in mind can only be very effective with sustainability of the available feed resources,” Dr. Cruz said.


He added that “the major part of the issue in nutrition is not about the one who is feeding; the reason why they are not performing well is because the one managing the animals are not putting the right management. I hope that we will improve the performance of the human resources, not only the technical but also those who are feeding the animals directly and those farmers who are tending the animals.”


PCC OIC bares plans and directions

Dr. Felomino V. Mamuad, officer in charge of the Philippine Carabao Center (PCC), has declared that he will do his best in steering the institution toward the attainment of its goal as the lead agency in livestock biotechnology in the Department of Agriculture (DA) network.

Agriculture Secretary Proceso J. Alcala named Dr. Mamuad as PCC’s OIC on January 9, following the retirement from government service of Dr. Libertado C. Cruz, who headed PCC for 20 years.

Prior to his current designation, Dr. Mamuad served as PCC’s deputy executive director.

He stressed that during his stint as the new PCC head, he will fully support further development of the various technologies developed by the PCC scientists and researchers relative to the agency’s genetic improvement program and other matters with bearing on the agency’s major concerns.

He added that the agency will continue to strengthen its linkages and collaboration with local and international organizations in the country and abroad.

With regard to carabao-raising and dairying, he said that PCC will focus on helping farmers provide nutritional intervention for their animals as “nutrition (for the animal) is essential in increasing the productivity of buffaloes for milk, which will eventually lead to higher farmers’ incomes.”

Dr. Mamuad likewise said he will strengthen the operationalization of the feed processing center of PCC at its National Gene Pool.

The processing facility was established in 2004. It is one of the outcomes of the collaboration between PCC and the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) from 2001 to 2005.

“I believe that we can lead in processing buffalo feed especially for our institutional herd,” he declared. “We have the facilities, we can do it,” he added.

Dr. Mamuad further said he plans to work on increased production of organic fertilizer and production of biogas out of carabao manure.

“I think biogas, particularly, can help families for their cooking needs and, to some extent, for their lighting needs,” he said.

“I will ensure that PCC continues to work well and develop the technologies and other appropriate measures that can help our dairy farmers improve their lives further,” he assured.