DTRI joins the 20th Dairy Congress and Expo in Camiguin, Northern Mindanao

The Dairy Training and Research Institute (DTRI) participated in the 20th Dairy Congress and Expo  (DairyConEx)  held at the Provincial Convention Center in Mambajao, Camiguin, Northern Mindanao on May 3-5, 2017. DTRI was represented by its OIC-Director, Dr. Amado A. Angeles.

The DairyConEx is a yearly activity organized by the Dairy Confederation of the Philippines (DAIRYCON).  For this year, it was hosted by the Mindanao Alliance of Dairy Industry Stakeholders (MADIS) with the   support of the Provincial Government of Camiguin, National Dairy Authority (NDA) and Philippine Carabao Center (PCC).  

This year’s DairyConEx was held to provide a venue for dairy farmers and milk cooperatives to discuss about common interests and concerns of the dairy sector. This year’s theme is “Gatas Pinoy Paunlarin, Tangkilikin, Palaganapin”.  It aims to substantially raise the productivity and income of dairy farmers, augment the base herd, create new market niches, and accelerate the realization of a self-reliant countryside.  

The keynote speaker during the opening program was DA Secretary Emmanuel (Manny) F. Piñol, who talked about the problems of the dairy sector like the corruption-tainted transactions referring to the overpriced dairy animals and genetically inferior animals brought into the country. On the other hand, as an encouragement, he urged dairy farmers to organize and consolidate their efforts for the betterment of the sector so that the government could immediately support them. Among the assistance and support  he mentioned are the organization of a national registry program to establish genetic lineage of all dairy animals, establishment of municipal multiplier farms & learning centers in different parts of the country and financial assistance for small feed processing set ups. He also invited key stakeholders in the dairy industry for a consultative forum to come-up with a 10-year Philippine Dairy Industry Development Road Map.

On the second day, during the presentations of papers, Dr. Angeles shared the results of DTRI research entitled “Metabolic profile of post-calving dairy cows in Batangas and Laguna” which emphasized the importance of profiling certain blood metabolites to assess nutritional and health status of a dairy herd. Ms. Olivia C. Emata of the Institute of Animal Science also promoted cream cheese from goat’s milk, a product from a DTRI research, funded by Department of Agriculture-Bureau of Agricultural Research (DA-BAR).

DTRI also participated in the exhibits display  which presented DTRI’s contributions in the development of the local dairy industry and nine posters which provided insights and information on some recently completed  researches  and on-going researches conducted at DTRI  with funding from several agencies like USAID-Science and Technology Research and Innovation for Development (STRIDE) , DA-BAR, Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquatic and Natural Resources Research and Development (PCAARRD) and the NDA.  These researches were on dairy nutrition, breeding and genetics for the improvement of the dairy industry as well as prospect research on the use of alternative feed sources for dairy cattle. 

The 20th DairyConEx also served as a medium for potential collaboration between the people from the academe and from the industry for training and research in the areas of dairy production, processing and marketing of dairy product, aimed towards improving productivity to generate income for dairy farmers, expanding dairy production systems in the Philippines as well as encouraging self-reliance on locally produced dairy products. 

The island of Camiguin has a growing dairy industry wherein its local government units have shown enthusiasm for the development of its dairy industry. It is one of the reasons why it has been chosen as a venue for this year’s congress by the DAIRYCON.  (by Gleeza L. Manulat/ed by MS Galang)