PCA, PCC distributes buffalo carabaos to coconut farmers in Biliran town

NAVAL, Biliran, May 5 (PIA) -- The Philippine Coconut Authority (PCA) in cooperation with the Philippine Carabao Center (PCC) distributed 34 heads of female buffalo carabaos to farmer-beneficiaries of the Barangay Canila Farmers Cooperative for breeding ang milk production.

According to Jeson Sarsosa, coconut development officer of PCA-Biliran, each of the 17 qualified coconut farmer-beneficiaries of Brgy. Canila Farmers Cooperative in the municipality of Biliran received 2-3 heads of buffalo carabaos with forage of Guinea and Nappier grass.

All coconut farmer-beneficiaries were trained on proper management of buffalo carabaos.

As previously planned, the cooperative will supply carabao milk to Lico Agrarian Reform Cooperative, in the municipality of Naval, to be processed to other by-products for sale as their livelihood.   

PCC Agricultural Center Chief Francisco Gabunada Jr., together with some officers of Lico Agrarian Reform Cooperative and LGU-Naval Sangguniang Bayan Board Member Miguel Casas, met and informed Gov. Rogelio Espina of the distribution and to plan for a milk feeding program among children, and livelihood of the farmers’ associations.

This PCA and PCC project is implemented by the Coconut-Carabao Dev't Project (CCDP) through the initiative of Senator Cynthia Villar being Senate Committee Chairperson on Agriculture, Food and Agrarian Reform.

CCDP aims to uplift the socio-economic situation of coconut farmers by addressing the problem on low income from coconut farming, in addition to improving nutrition through increased milk production. (ldl/mlt/PIA8 Biliran) 

Source: Philippines Information Agency (pia.gov.ph)

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