The Philippine Carabao Center at the University of the Philippines Los Baños (DA-PCC at UPLB), in partnership with the Agricultural Training Institute CALABARZON (ATI CALABARZON) launched today the School-on-the-Air (SOA) program dubbed “CaraWOW! Radyo Eskwela sa Gatasang Kalabaw”at Calungsod Integrated Farm, Tiaong, Quezon.
This first livestock SOA in the region, which will start its airing on June 27, aims to deliver information through radio about dairy buffalo production with the latest technologies and business enterprise opportunities from buffaloes through a series of radio programs.
The farmers are expected to learn buffalo management (housing and management practices), nutrition management (forage production and establishment, feeding and feed resources), health management and breeding (estrus cycle, heat detection, common diseases), milking (milking preparations, procedures, CMT), milk handling (storage, disinfection of equipment, milk quality testing), and carabao-based business enterprise.
Senator Cynthia A. Villar, chairperson of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Food, and Agrarian Reform, sent her virtual greeting and expressed her support for the program.
“The SOA program will disseminate information on dairy buffaloes and will serve as another venue to address the issues of malnutrition and for the local dairy industry to prosper,” Sen. Villar said.
On the other hand, the provincial veterinary offices from Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, and Quezon expressed their gratitude and support to ATI CALABAZON and DA-PCC for initiating the program. They said that it will allow local farmers to learn, share their knowledge and experiences, and contribute to strengthening the dairy industry in the country.
“At last, Region 4A has this opportunity. This is crucial for farmers’ information and technology exchange . I hope that through the support of ATI and LGUs, the implementation of this program will be successful”, said Dr. Eric Palacpac, chief of DA-PCC’s Knowledge Management Division (KMD).
Meanwhile, Dr. Thelma Saludes, Center Director of PCC at UPLB, encouraged farmer students to show commitment in hopes that this training will aid in increasing the supply of milk in the region.
The launch was attended by local farmer representatives and local government units from CALABARZON.