Yamang Bukid Farm, one of Palawan’s top farm tourism destinations, is embarking on the production of dairy products to help improve the nutrition of school children, especially those in public schools.
This after Yamang Bukid Farm inked a memorandum of agreement (MOA) with the Philippine Carabao Center (PCC) to raise imported and high-quality breed of carabaos that can be a good source of milk and other dairies.
Some 11 Murrah buffaloes were initially given by the Nueva Ecija-based state animal propagation hub in a “public-private partnership scheme” to the Puerto Princesa City farm destination, according to Dr. Arnel del Barrio, PCC executive director.
“This is part of our carabao enterprise development wherein we help cooperatives, individual farmers (and) families by lending them the carabaos like a soft loan. Beneficiaries like Yamang Bukid Farm repay it with another carabao which will be given to (another beneficiary),” Del Barrio said.
Ten female buffaloes (also known technically as cows) and a bull were received by Yamang Bukid Farm and were promptly shipped from Nueva Ecija midweek.
While at sea, one of the four pregnant buffaloes gave birth to a healthy female calf affectionately called “baby YB.”
Hezir Rabaya, one of the farm’s managers who fetched the herd said a concrete barn was built on a hill overlooking the sprawling farm to house the animals.
“We have enough facilities and personnel for this project,” said Rabaya.
The farming destination, Rabaya said, has several employees who underwent training on quality milk production at PCC recently. These Yamang Bukid employees are the ones who will help him in taking care pf the imported water buffaloes and in doing the milk production.
Del Barrio said PCC typically disperses 200 carabaos yearly on average and that Yamang Bukid Farm is among the “numerous applicants” to the program.
“Yours is exceptional. Your story of doing business with a heart to help others is inspiring. I also came to know that you are accredited (as a training center) by ATI (Agricultural Training Institute). In short, you have everything PCC can hope for in a partner (in this project),” the PCC head said.
He said both PCC and Yamang Bukid Farm are in the same advocacy of helping provide livelihood opportunities to farmers and their families.
“The bottom line is to help alleviate poverty and give good nutrition to the schoolchildren,” the official said.
Del Barrio said Yamang Bukid can also include dairy and milk production a component to its ATI-accredited training and further boost its capabilities as a learning site.