PCC wants to make Nueva Ecija PHL's dairy capital

November 11, 2014 5:33 am 

SCIENCE CITY OF MUNOZ, Nueva Ecija, Nov. 10 –The Philippine Carabao Center (PCC) is exerting efforts to make this province as dairy capital of the Philippines.

The PCC is conducting a series of milk quality improvement trainings to dairy buffalo farmers from the National Impact Zone (NIZ).

Mina Abella, officer in charge of the dairy processing and outlet of PCC at Central Luzon State University, said the participants comprised milk collectors, milk processors and milk quality officers from 50 dairy cooperatives in the NIZ.

Topics being discussed include the relation of milk quality to animal health, animal nutrition and other aspects of milk production.

The importance of proper milk-handling practices, milk testing and milk delivery to the dairy plant were also being tackled.

Abella said that milk-handling, particularly in terms of proper hygiene, sanitation and cooling, is essential in producing a quality product.

She said that all the key players in the milk supply chain need to constantly observe proper milk handling and establish good and quick delivery systems as well as payment scheme to improve their milk produce and income.

“Quality and collection officers or farmers also have to do milk testing regularly to determine which milk produce meet quality standards and can be processed into various dairy products,” Abella said.

She advised the farmer-participants to establish a standard where the milk will be accepted or rejected based on the results of various milk tests, such as the organoleptic test, alcohol precipitation test (APT), lactometer test, clot on boiling test and titratable acidity test.

These are easy-to do tests that can be performed by the farmers in a short period of time, she said.

Wilma del Rosario, one of the training facilitators, said that the training is a measure aimed at preparing the farmers for the summer season.

“Summer season is the time when the dairy farmers attain more milk harvest. However, it is also the time when the temperature is relatively high and milk spoilage can be quite high," del Rosario said.

Aside from improper milk handling, she said the high temperature increases the probability of milk spoilage because of the quick reaction of bacteria to the heat.

“The training is one of our strategies to mitigate the scenario of milk contamination or spoilage due to improper milk handling and increasing temperature,” she said.

The next training of dairy farmers will be on Nov. 24-25.

Meanwhile, for 2015, the PCC, through its dairy herd improvement unit, intends to bring trainings to the farmers’ cooperative level.

“All these efforts are part of the PCC’s goal of making Nueva Ecija province the dairy capital of the Philippines,” Del Rosario added. (PNA)

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