Sarangani Milk Processing Plant Opens

MALUNGON, Sarangani - The first cow's milk processing plant in Mindanao is now becoming one of the tourist attractions of this town.

Mayor Reynaldo Constantino, who led the ribbon-cutting ceremony on the first milk processing plant last July 25, said this is now becoming one of town's attractions.

The milk processing plant is a component of the Sarangani Province Dairy Zone project by Land O' Lakes Foundation Philippines, Inc. (LOLPI), in partnership with National Dairy Authority (NDA), provincial government of Sarangani, municipal government here, and the Department of Agriculture (DA).

The project was launched on June 21, 2011, where 150 imported and four island-born cows were distributed to 64 local farmers after completing the basic dairy skills and management training conducted by LOLPI field station.

It was learned that the farmer-beneficiaries are all members of the indigenous tribe in the municipality.

The provincial government allocated P2 million for the construction of the processing plant facility as its counterpart for the project.

Earlier, during the launching of the program, local and provincial government officials, community, farmers, and stakeholders vowed to support the program in this town.

The stakeholders also vowed to make the dairy enterprise viable and sustainable, thereby providing additional income for the farmers and good nutrition for the children.

To reiterate his full support, Constantino, as president of the mayors' league of the province, asked all the municipalities in Sarangani to enter into a Memorandum of Agreement that all milk requirements for the nutrition program of each municipality will be supplied by the Malungon Dairy Farmers Association.