KOICA-assisted project with PCC expected to boost NEFEDCCO’s milk collection

An improved milk processing system is expected to enhance the daily operation of the Nueva Ecija Federation of Dairy Carabaos Cooperative (NEFEDCCO) with the installation of new equipment under a project with PCC and the Korean International Cooperation Agency (KOICA).

The project, with the technical assistance of Engr. Dal Sun Park, who is Korean Overseas Volunteer (KOV) for PCC and NEFEDCCO, provided for the installation of one unit of refrigerated container van and sanitary centrifugal pump in the NEFEDCCO processing plant. Fifty units of aluminum milk cans with 40 liter capacity each were also distributed to select dairy farmer-members.

This equipment which were installed to further improve the milk processing practices of the processing plant are expected to accommodate more milk from NEFEDCCO’s primary cooperative-members, ensure food safety and quality of milk and eliminate cleaning-in-place (CIP) problems.

Said equipment were officially turned-over last January 23 at the NEFEDCCO processing plant in San Ricardo, Talavera, Nueva Ecija.

The event was led by KOICA resident representative Kim Jinoh, PCC deputy director Felomino V. Mamuad and NEFEDCCO chairman Florencio Collado. NDA deputy administrator Naomi K. Torreta, KOV administrator KIM Jaekwang, mayor Nerito Santos and Ju Wonseok of Korea SBS Broadcasting Station also graced the event.

During the project, Engr. Park also shared his expertise to PCC staff and NEFEDCCO’s dairy members in dairy product’s development and in improving the methods of processing PCC’s dairy products.

The project lasts from May to December 2012. The project worth Php1.1M was jointly funded by KOICA, PCC and NEFEDCCO.

This initiative, according to project documents, supports the objective of the government in fast tracking the dairy development in Nueva Ecija. //