By Philippines News Agency
SCIENCE CITY OF MUNOZ — Some 500 dairy farmers and other stakeholders in the dairy carabao-based industry will gather in the second National Carabao Conference (NCC) to be held on November 14 and 15 at the national headquarters and gene pool of the Philippine Carabao Center (PCC) here.
With the theme “Nagsipag… Nagnegosyo… Nagtagumpay!,” the conference will serve as venue for meaningful interaction among the participants and will be a source of significant information, ideas, and good practices for sharing and disseminating, which is expected to inspire more to participate in the Carabao Development Program (CDP), which is considered as PCC’s flagship program.
Senator Cynthia Villar, vice-chair of the Committee on Agriculture and Food, and Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel “Manny” Piñol are expected to be present in the event as the guests of honor and will be joining the dairy farmers in an open forum.
Wilma Del Rosario, National Impact Zone (NIZ) coordinator of PCC and the overall chair for the second NCC, said there will be breakout sessions and speakers to realize the concept of the theme.
For the “nagsipag” (diligent technology adopters), are those who will share their stories are farmers who have been persistent in alleviating their way of living through the income that they earn from the dairy carabaos. They will also narrate their good practices in the value chain and how they adopt technologies in their respective activities.
In the “nagnegosyo” (innovative entrepreneurs), businessmen will highlight and promote their carabao-based enterprises and their products out of carabao’s milk and meat such as ice cream, pastillas, tapa, chicharong kalabaw and others.
On the other hand, for the “nagtagumpay” (rising above subsistence), this will involve testimonies of dairy farmers on how the dairy carabao program benefited their families. Narration of their stories on how their children were able to graduate from college through the help of dairy carabaos will be done via a video presentation.
Many children of dairy farmers who were once hopeless to reach college, have now finished their studies through the help of the income that their parents earn from the dairy carabaos, the organizers of the event said.
Other activities lined-up for the conference are products exhibition, Knowledge Café (media forum), National Knowledge Sharing Forum on Carabao-based Enterprise Development with the Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture, and a tour of PCC’s major facilities.