Dairy farmers and fresh milk suppliers from Western Visayas attended the orientation on the milk feeding program of the national government at KOICA-Negros Occidental Friendship Training Center in Bacolod City yesterday.
Negros Occidental Provincial Veterinarian Renante Decena said the milk feeding program will use the 200-milliliter pasteurized milk as among the major food items of the Department of Education’s school-based feeding program, from Monday to Friday, for 30 days.
Around 20,000 liters of pasteurized cow’s milk a day is needed to support the 97,000 child-beneficiaries targeted by DepEd in Negros Occidental and Panay, he said.
Decena said the program is expected to boost the dairy industry of the province as it will serve as a sure market for the milk produce of dairy cattle farmers while addressing malnutrition among school children, particularly in the countryside.
PVO, through its dairy farm at La Granja, La Carlota City, and the joint venture with Tenshinzan Farm at the Negros First Ranch are the largest suppliers for the requirement in Negros, while government farms in the cities of Sagay and Kabankalan will also fill the gap to meet the needs, he said.
Decena said his office hosted the DepEd and the National Dairy Authority in holding the orientation relative to the implementation of the program.
During the activity, the production and delivery capacities in pre-identified schools in the region were also discussed, he added.*
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