ADSC participates in the Dairy Regional Workshop conducted by PNZDP

Posted by Joey Domingo

The Philippine –New Zealand Dairy Project (PNZDP)  sponsored the conduct of  the Regional Workshop on Crafting the Dairy Industry Development Strategy last October 14-15, 2016 at the Sulo Riviera Hotel in Quezon City.  The workshop aimed to re-assess the results of the recently concluded Dairy Road Mapping in Luzon which was part of the dairy road mapping in the country  that includes Visayas and Mindanao regions conducted by PNZDP in coordination with the National Dairy Authority. It also aimed “to identify the most strategic industry-led actions necessary to address key dairy development challenges towards sustainable growth of the Philippine dairy industry”.

PNZDP invited the different stakeholders composed of dairy farmers who are mostly members of dairy cooperatives or private farm/ Dairy Multiplier Farm owners/operators; local dairy processors; representatives from the government agencies like the National Dairy Authority (NDA),  Philippine Carabao Center, Department of Science and Technology, Department of Trade and Industry;  government  financial institutions: Development Bank of the Philippines and Land Bank of the Philippines; academic and research institutions: Animal and Dairy Sciences Cluster (ADSC)-UPLB, Cagayan State University and Bicol University; and LGU’s. ADSC was represented by its Deputy Director, Dr. Amado A. Angeles and Head of Information and Technical Services Unit, Ms. Myrna S. Galang. 

The participants were grouped into four working teams where each participant was able to share his ideas in every workshop conducted namely: Workshop 1: improved dairy contribution (strategies, activities and priorities to improve milk production, quality and safety) ; Workshop 2: processing and marketing strategies ( activities, and priorities to improve milk consumption and product range); Workshop 3:  inputs and service delivery (activities and priorities to improve access to dairy inputs and technical services) and Workshop 4: industry oversight and coordination ( activities and priorities to improve stakeholders involvement in dairy industry development strategies). Outputs of each team was reported and were summarized by the facilitators from PNZDP, Mr. Keith Milligan and Mr. Geoff  Mavromatis.

According to PNZDP, the workshop outputs would be important contribution to the crafting of a Dairy Industry Development Strategy that effectively corresponds with industry goals and objectives and would be sent for feedback and endorsement by the stakeholders.

The consultation workshop ended with messages from  the coordinators and a closing remarks from the newly appointed NDA Administrator, Marilyn B Mabale.  (Myrna S. Galang)


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