Construction of Dairy processing center and pre-lactating project starts in SoCot

KORONADAL CITY, SOUTH COTABATO – The Provincial Government of South Cotabato is a partner of the Department of Agriculture in the implementation of the Php47.4 Million Dairy Production, Processing, and Marketing Subproject under the Philippine Rural Development Project (PRDP) co-funded by the World Bank, Government of the Philippines (Department of Agriculture), and Provincial Local of South Cotabato.

Among the project components are the procurement of a refrigerated van, dairy processing equipment, cold storage facilities, and the construction of dairy processing building and pre-lactating facilities (barn/cow shed, milking parlor, calves pen, and quarantine facilities) under the management of the lead proponent group, Unified Engineering Workers Multi-Purpose Cooperative (UEWMPC).

According to Project Development Officer III Marites Tanseco of PPDO, the pre-lactating facilities in Barangay Maligo in Polomolok to house the 104 heads of dairy cows as well as 87 calves are being constructed as well as the dairy processing building in Barangay Cannery.

“As of September, ang aton animals from 120 heads may ara kita nga 87 nga bilin bangod may ara sang mortalities. The total milk production sini nga cows 96,978 liters or average of more than 12,000 liters a month from January to August.” Tanseco said.

She added, that despite the challenges of pandemic they are hopeful to finish the project before the end of the years and it is expected that the operation will begin this early 2022.

“As of now, the produced are manufactured as flavored milk (pandan, melon, chocolate and strawberry) plain milk and yogurts for disposal to the market and is now on the testing phase for ice cream and butter.” Tanseco added.

Furthermore, PDO III Tanseco is grateful for the good Governor Reynaldo S. Tamayo, Jr. for helping them in troubleshooting and easily come up with a good solution to fast track the said project.

This big-ticket project aims to generate additional income for the project beneficiaries and to supply dairy milk in the province as well as the neighboring provinces