Mati City LGU highlights agro-industry revolution, bares plans for cara-industry

Mayor Michelle N. Rabat of Mati City made strides in boosting the city’s agriculture sector by meeting with Department of Agriculture (DA) Secretary Francisco Tiu Laurel Jr., along with other key DA officials on April 1. Officials of the city of Mati presented their agro-industry revolution, with a particular focus on the city’s plans for advancing its carabao industry.

During the meeting, one of the topics discussed by Mayor Rabat was the city’s future endeavors and collaborations with government agencies aimed at enhancing the Carabao Development Program. These initiatives include establishing an institutional herd, intensifying breeding services, and producing high-quality products.

In addition, DA Undersecretary for Livestock Deogracias Victor B. Savellano took note of the city’s plans, acknowledging and supporting their strategies for their multi-sectoral benefits.

“Our city has gone from zero milk production to hundreds of liters, which signals a significant boost for our local dairy industry. We take pride in announcing that our carabao farmers are now venturing into dairy enterprise, poised to supply milk worth Php3 million to the Department of Education’s milk feeding program this year,” stated City Agriculturist Romelle Avance during an interview.

Since the inception of ALAB-Karbawan in Mati City, Mayor Rabat has been a proactive advocate for its implementation. This program has been beneficial to DA-PCC at University of Southern Mindanao’s assisted carabao keepers.