PLGU DAVAO DE ORO PROMOTES DAIRY PRODUCERS IN THE PROVINCE

NABUNTURAN, DAVAO DE ORO – Milk is a nutritional gold mine. Other than strengthening the body’s bones, hair, teeth, and nails, it is also a source of potassium, protein, and vitamin D, which can help reduce blood pressure, protect against cancer, and improve overall mood, appetite, and sleep. It is exactly this reason why the Provincial Local Government Unit (PLGU) of Davao de Oro is currently promoting the development of its dairy producers like the Nabunturan Farmer’s Multi-Purpose Cooperative (NAFAMCO). Funded through the PLGU’s partnership with Department of Agriculture’s Philippine Rural Development Project (DA-PRDP), the NAFAMCO Cow’s Milk Processing and Marketing Enterprise will soon rise in P1-Libasan, in Nabunturan. The 15.78 million peso project’s Ground Breaking Ceremony was done just last September 8, 2020, led by Davao de Oro Governor Jayvee Tyron Uy, the Department of Agriculture’s (DA) Secretary William Dar, and Nabunturan Municipal Mayor Chelita Amatong.

The Nabunturan Farmers’ Multi-Purpose Cooperative

NAFAMCO is a cooperative ran by the people of Nabunturan, which uses the people’s funds to promote their own produce. PLGU Davao de Oro highly recognizes the noble efforts of the co-op who made good use of their resources to locally produce dairy products through locally grown cows, and promotes them to #SupportLocal. Profits of the co-op will be spread to its members, thus not only empowering dairy farmers in Libasan, but also boosting their local economy.

During the turnover ceremony of the 5 units of solar dryers and warehouses—another PLGU and DA-PRDP funded project—in Maparat, Compostela,  DA Sec. Dar expressed how impressed he was with NAFAMCO’s milk production rate which generates 15 liters of milk per cow each day. This makes NAFAMCO’s dairy production even higher than the national average in percentage.

The Milk Processing Facility will provide a safer and cleaner work space for our dairy farmers, while also giving them proper space to store bottles of fine, fresh, clean, and delicious milk.

PLGU Davao de Oro to #SupportLocal

To help and support our local farmers, PLGU-Davao de Oro partners with NAFAMCO to supply bottles of milk to the province’s school based feeding program, Bayanihan Para sa Kalusugan-Kusina ng Kalinga (BPSK-KNK), which provides free lunches to classified malnourished school children for 120 school days. With the restrictions that bar the children from receiving their free KNK lunches like the community quarantines and the Department of Education’s (DepEd) newly imposed distance learning, PLGU-Davao de Oro and the KNK team devised the KNK milk feeding system, to still be able to supply children with the nutrition that they need without putting them at risk even through the COVID-19 pandemic. The milk feeding system goes as follows: NAFAMCO will deliver bottles of milk to each central kitchen, the KNK team will deliver the bottles of milk from the central kitchens to each public school with beneficiaries, then finally, parents will claim the bottles of milk from their children’s teachers.

Furthermore, PLGU-Davao de Oro is now also promoting NAFAMCO’s products through one of its very own online innovations, the DdO Bagsakan, where each liter of fresh and pasteurized milk are made easily accessible to wholesalers online. NAFAMCO’s pasteurized milk is also available in flavors chocolate, coffee, melon, pandan, ube, and strawberry.

A Golden Future for Local Producers

PLGU-Davao de Oro greatly prides in NAFAMCO’s efforts and will continue to be supporting them and other aspiring agricultural industries in the future. Furthermore, DA Sec. Dar during the aforementioned ceremony, also assured the PLGU for the DA’s continued support and partnership with Davao de Oro in the coming years. With that said, more agricultural projects may confidently be hoped for in the next years. Mabuhay, bulawanong dabawenyos!

You may support NAFAMCO and other local farmer-producers in DdO Bagsakan through this link: bit.ly/ddobagsakan

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