Negros Occidental is poised to become the Philippines’ leading milk producer after collaborating with a Japanese group of investors that will help the province develop its dairy industry.
Yoji Glenn Watanabe, executive assistant to Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr., yesterday said that Glocal Japan and Tenshinzan farm from Hiroshima, Japan will soon bring an initial of 20 heads of cow to Negros Occidental for the project’s two-year experimental stage.
This is the first phase of the collaboration under the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to be entered by the provincial government and the Japanese company, he added.
Watanabe said 10 heads are F1 cows from Australia while the other 10 are island-born cows which may come from the National Dairy Farm.
The group will compare the milk of the cows from Australia to that of locally-raised cows, he added.
In order to sustain the province’s supply of delicious and nutritious milk, Watanabe said the Japanese group will implement locally the feeding system used in Japan.
The second phase includes proceeding to bigger projects like the establishment commercial scale farms and milk processing plant, Watanabe said.
“By then the province can eventually supply the whole Philippines and even export to other countries,” he added.
Through this collaboration, the provincial government targets to surpass the daily average of 13 liters per head milk production of Batangas.
Records of the Provincial Veterinary Office (PVO) show that at present, the province through the Provincial Livestock Breeding Center and Dairy Farm located at La Granja, La Carlota City is producing only a daily average of 6.5 liters per head, or about 70 liters of milk a day.
Teodoro Dimaandal Jr., provincial agriculturist II, said it is equivalent to only about one percent of the total milk demand of the province, and the 99 percent insufficiency is addressed by imported milk from New Zealand and United States.
Moreover, under the partnership, the Japanese firm will pay P240,000 a year for lease of the five-hectare property at the Negros First Ranch in Barangay Santa Rosa, Murcia.
Project chief Toshifumi Mogi said through Watanabe that the advantages of Negros in terms of dairy farming are its geographical location and vast agricultural lands that provide investors more chances of expansion.
Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on July 14, 2015.