Sunday, January 28, 2018

Sulong Pilipinas! Agriculture Secretary Manny Pinol reveals a dream come true project


Since President Rodrigo Duterte came to power, good news just keep coming and the best thing about it is they don't seem to stop.  
Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel 'Manny' Piñol with the Brazil partners for the Bohol Dairy Project | Photo from Facebook

Just like another achievement of the Department of Agriculture.

Under the leadership of the Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel 'Manny' Piñol whose efficacy is without question, the country has reached another incredible milestone that no other administration did from the past.

In what Sec. Piñol calls a 'dream come true', he shared the good news on his Facebook page.

Entitled 'UBAY FOLKS APPROVE BOHOL DAIRY PROJECT', the unquestionably productive Agriculture Secretary revealed the fruition of his and his team's hard work in taking the country to greater heights in the field of agriculture.

The Facebook post began with Piñol announcing that the project will materialize as the concerned people unanimously 'approved and accepted' the proposal to make the island more progressive than ever.
Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel 'Manny' Piñol with the Brazil partners for the Bohol Dairy Project | Photo from Facebook

'The proposed multi-billion peso Bohol Dairy Project in Ubay town here took another step forward on Friday as local officials, farmers and dairy and livestock stakeholders unanimously approved and accepted the plan to turn the island province into the Dairy Capital of the Philippines', he wrote.

The DA secretary also shared that with clarifications from the stakeholders - including the report on Brazil about Foot and Mouth Disease - about the impact of the imported Girolando cows from Brazil to be used in the Dairy Project, experts guaranteed them that prior its shipment to the Philippines, the dairy cows that would be coming from Brazil straight to Bohol will undergo on a six-month confinement in Brazil under the strict supervision of the World Animal Health body.

Check out his full post below:
Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel 'Manny' Piñol with the Brazil partners for the Bohol Dairy Project | Photo from Facebook

Dream come true!

UBAY FOLKS APPROVE
BOHOL DAIRY PROJECT

By Manny Piñol

Ubay, Bohol - The proposed multi-billion peso Bohol Dairy Project in Ubay town here took another step forward on Friday as local officials, farmers and dairy and livestock stakeholders unanimously approved and accepted the plan to turn the island province into the Dairy Capital of the Philippines.

Bohol Governor Edgar Chatto led local officials, dairy farmers groups and livestock stakeholders in a meeting with officials of the Department of Agriculture, the Bureau of Animal Industry (BAI), the National Dairy Authority (NDA), the Philippine Carabao Center held at the PCC Dairy Center in the Ubay Stock Farm.

Also present during the forum were Israel dairy expert Ronen Koll of AfiMilk, Argentinian Francisco Krausse and Colombian Alfonso Serrano, who both represented the Filipino-Argentianian company GENEX involved in Genetics, Embryo Transfers and Artificial Insemination.
Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel 'Manny' Piñol with the Brazil partners for the Bohol Dairy Project | Photo from Facebook

Cabinet Secretary Leoncio Evasco, Jr., former mayor of Maribojoc town, earlier gave his endorsement for the Bohol Dairy Project.

During the forum, stakeholders sought clarification on the impact of the arrival of imported Girolando cows from Brazil which will be the main herd to be used in the Dairy Project.

They raised concerns over the report that Brazil, while already free of the Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD), still undertakes an immunisation program.

The experts assured them that the dairy cows which will be brought to Bohol will be confined for six months in Brazil under the strict supervision of the World Animal Health body, the OIE, before these are shipped to the Philippines.
The Bohol Dairy Project | Photo from Facebook

They also asked whether established dairy farmers' groups would benefit from the Dairy Project and they were told that the offsprings of the imported Girolando Dairy Cows produced in the Ubay Dairy Project will be used in establishing satellite dairy farms to be owned by the farmers in the different towns of Bohol.

In the proposal presented to the stakeholders, it was explained that the Bohol Dairy Project, which is the government's first and largest consolidated dairy project, will be a private-public-government partnership.

An initial herd of 5,000 Girolando Dairy Cows will be brought to the Philippines this year to be housed in modern milking sheds to be designed by experts.
Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel 'Manny' Piñol with the Brazil partners for the Bohol Dairy Project | Photo from Facebook

Unlike in previous failed dairy programs where the dairy cows were distributed to individual farmers who did not have the technical and financial capability to support milk production, the Bohol Dairy Project will bring in corporations involved in the dairy and milk industry in the Philippines to directly buy and package the fresh milk right in the island.

The project is not only expected to provide employment to young agriculture and animal husbandry graduates of the island but also income opportunities for corn and forage farmers who will be engaged to produce silage for the dairy cows.

Dairy farmers groups will also be assisted in the second phase of the program so they could avail of the Girolando Dairy cows including modern milking facilities.
Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel 'Manny' Piñol | Photo from Facebook

At the end of the forum, local officials, farmers and stakeholders gave their unanimous and resounding approval and support for the project.

Gov. Chatto publicly thanked President Rody Duterte for choosing Bohol as the Dairy Capital of the Philippines.

#Changeishere! #DuterteDelivers! #BoholDairyCapital!

Source: Manny Piñol

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