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PH working to cut milk imports, meet local demand

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The government is adopting various strategies to increase milk production in a bid to meet local demand and reduce import requirements over the next 10 to 15 years.

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Philippine Carabao Center (PCC)-Central Luzon State University Director Dr. Daniel Aquino said milk production should be increased by 3 percent to 10 percent, or double or triple than the population growth.

“We should not rely always on importation. We are 99-percent import-dependent… If we can produce locally, well and good,” he said in an interview on the sidelines of a three-day National Carabao Conference 2016 in Muñoz, Nueva Ecija that ended Wednesday, November 16.

Aquino identified needed interventions, including stock infusion, increasing breeding efficiency/proper calf rearing and proper nutrition or biosafety.

He also cited PCC’s three-year project for dairy, in collaboration of the Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquatic and Natural Resources Research and Development (PCAARRD), which targets to increase milk production from 700,000 kilograms in 2016 to two million kilograms by 2018.

Aquino underscored the need for the country to achieve milk self-sufficiency to reduce importation valued at US$876.2 million, or about P40.3 billion.

To meet 100-percent sufficiency for milk, he said animal requirements include 67,539 dairy cattle producing 2,000 kilograms, 62,736 buffaloes producing 1,200 kilograms and 8,120 goats producing 500 kilograms annually.

Aquino further said the country also aims to export more milk to generate profit.

“We also produce high-end products; export to other countries,particularly Asian countries like Hong Kong, Singapore and Malaysia,” he added.

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  • Edward

    Since when has the production of milk been counted in Kgs? The rest of the world does it in L.
    It would be good if local milk production could be increased. However, in order to sell fresh milk, people will need refrigerators in which to store it; most people here don’t have them. The implication of this is that we are going to produce more milk, simply to reduce it to powder, add loads of crap and sugar to it and then sell it to people?
    I have yet to see any supermarket sell *fresh* milk (reconstituted or UHT milk is not fresh – despite what they may claim).

  • bruceiniloilo

    The country needs more affordable, healthy milk, regardless of where it comes from. Yes, support local milk farmers but not at the cost of increased food costs and increased malnutrition. The Philippines does not have the land or climate to compete effectively with great milk-producing regions of the world. We will always import most of our milk, and we should, because we need affordable, nutritious food first and foremost