The Rosario Dairy Farmers Cooperative (RDFC) in Rosario, La Union emerged as the regional winner for Small-agri-business and Industry category during the 2023 Productivity Olympics held at ARVI Scenery Resort, San Fernando City, La Union earlier today.
The Productivity Olympics is a national competition initiated by the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), which aimed to recognize the exceptional productivity exhibited by micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs) across the agribusiness, service, and industry sectors.
“The cooperative must optimize the utilization of its resources to enhance both productivity and profitability. By ensuring the co-op’s profitability, sustainable operations are guaranteed, leading to substantial benefits for the nuwang (carabao) farmers, as they gain a dependable market for their milk harvest,” Annalyn Tade, RDFC’s manager, said. RDFC is one of the assisted cooperatives of DA-Philippine Carabao Center at Don Mariano Marcos Memorial State University (DA-PCC at DMMMSU).
From 2021 to 2022, the co-op actively participated in the Milk Feeding Program of DepEd and DSWD as a supplier of carabao’s milk. In one school year alone, they supplied PHP8 million worth of milk to DepEd.The co-op also operates a Dairy Box outlet situated in Rosario, La Union. This establishment serves as a direct platform for the cooperative’s dairy products, proving to be advantageous for both dairy farmers and the local community. The store offers a diverse range of milk-based products, such as pastillas, fresh milk, and flavored milk drinks.