DA-Philippine Carabao Center at University of Southern Mindanao (DA-PCC at USM) in partnership with the Sta. Catalina Multi-Purpose Cooperative (Sta. Catalina MPC) inaugurated several facilities that would represent a whole buffalo dairy value chain in one place in North Cotabato.
From production to output, the DA-PCC successfully completed the whole value chain for the Sta. Catalina MPC under the project “Carabao-based Business Improvement Network” funded through the office of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Food, and Agrarian Reform, Senator Cynthia A. Villar.
Held last March 5, the inaugural activities include the blessing of the Co-op’s Feed Mill, Dairy Farm, Dairy Processing; entrustment of 28 dairy buffaloes, one bull, and motorcycles; and groundbreaking ceremony for the Dairy Box Store.
Present in the event were DA-PCC’s OIC-Executive Director Dr. Ronnie Domingo, DA-PCC at USM Center Director Benjamin John Basilio, DA-RFO XII Regional Executive Director Arlan Mangelen who also represented DA-Secretary Dr. William Dar, DA Region XII Task Force Gatas, Volunteer Chairman Ret. Col. Celestino Desamito, Board Member Dr. Kristal Solis, Mr. Arthur Go from the office of Senator Cynthia Villar, Chairman of Sta. Catalina MPC Joel Quiñon, and other distinguished guests and members of the cooperative.
This program is in support of the directives of Secretary Dar to help the farmers achieve the “Masaganang Ani at Mataas na Kita”.