DTRI capacitates NDA personnel on integrated dairy enterprise

Trainees of Batch 4 course on Integrated Dairy Enterprise happily pose with  NDA officials, DTRI officers and staff and some resource persons during the closing ceremonies

Complete. Entire. Full. These are just some of the words associated with the word integrated. 

However, in the dairy enterprise, “integrated is the unified control of all aspects of production from raw materials through distribution of finished products” (according to Pedro O. Ocampo, former NDA administrator). How each component of the dairy chain relates to one another and the factors that affect a dairy enterprise—that is the focus of the course held last August 28-September 4 and September 10-17 at TREES, College of Forestry and Natural Resources, UPLB.

The Integrated Dairy Enterprise Course is part two of the NDA Capacity Building Program commissioned by the National Dairy Authority (NDA) to the Dairy Training and Research Institute (DTRI). This course was conducted in four batches with around 30 participants in each batch, composed of NDA personnel from various regions of the country. 

Mandated to provide the dairy farmers and the different dairy stakeholders the necessary and efficient services, the NDA personnel are expected, at the end of the course, to: 1) illustrate the flow and components of the dairy chain; 2) appreciate and explain the dairy chain; 3) describe the roles played by individuals or groups in the dairy chain; 4) assess the overall operations of different dairy enterprises within the context of the dairy chain and make recommendations based on identified issues.

Further, in order for each participant to attain the course objectives, the NDA Vision, Mission, Mandate, Plans and Programs and the Overview of the Components of the Dairy Chain/Roles Played by Individuals or Groups in the Dairy Chain were discussed. Current NDA Administrator Marilyn B. Mabale and former NDA Administrator Pedro O. Ocampo discussed these topics, respectively.

Moreover, lecture topics and group dynamics on: 1) Value Chain Analysis, 2) Management and Agribusiness Principles in Dairy Enterprises, 3) Human Behavior in Organization and Gender Sensitivity, 4) Guide to Good Dairy Farming Management, 5) Dairy Plant Operations, 6) Marketing Management, 7) Financial Management in General and in a Dairy Enterprise, and 8) Financial Management were tackled by resource persons who are experts in their fields. They were Dr. Mimosa C. Ocampo (retired UPLB professor), Pedro O. Ocampo, Dr. Louie A. Divinagracia (professor, Dela Salle University), Dr. Rochelle Divinagracia (faculty, De La Salle University), Dr. Demetrio B. Marcial (veterinarian and farm manager, DTRI) and Angelo Tapia (Dairy Technology Unit head and plant manager, DTRI).

Finally, another feature of the Integrated Dairy Enterprise Course are the first hand experiences of private dairy practitioners. Francisco “Paco” Magsaysay (Carmen’s Best) shared his experiences in Marketing Management of Dairy Enterprise. Jesus Mateo of Sta. Maria, Bulacan extensively talked about his Dairy Herd Production and Management experiences. Lastly, Bryan Matthew Katigbak (Daily Dairy Farm and Batangas Agribusiness Center) imparted his family’s experience in Operating and Managing an Integrated Dairy Enterprise.

A whole day field immersion in a dairy enterprise served as the climax of all course activities. Here, the trainees had real-life exposures to the actual dairy situations of the dairy enterprises. They were to “determine the relevance and applications of the different concepts and skills they have learned from the training course,” said Mr. Ocampo. As an output, to sum up the whole course, the participants were also asked to prepare a written and oral report based on the guidelines they were given for field immersion.

The third batch of the course opened last September 24 and will end on October 1. The fourth batch will be held on October 15-22, 2018. (RO Batocabe; photos: JM Domingo)

Source:   Aggie Green and Gold (Official Quarterly Publication of the UPLB College of Agriculture and Food Science)