July 27, Dumaguete City – On 26 July 2022, DOST Negros Oriental lead by PSTD Arbon conducted the ceremonial turnover of forty doelings of Anglo-Nubian breed to eight farmer cooperators from Sitio Mangga Mayabon Farmer Irrigators Association (SIMAMAFIA) and Zamboanguita Farmer Irrigators Association (ZFIA). The event took place at Al Zamora Farm in Sitio Manga, Mayabon, Zamboanguita, Negros Oriental.
It also was attended by representatives from LGU Zamboanguita, and barangay captains of Mayabon, Poblacion and Calango whose farmer cooperators are their constituents.
The farmer cooperators expressed their gratitude for being selected as one of the beneficiaries on the research. They also vowed to fully cooperate to make this undertaking a success.
“Nalipay ko’g dako sa DOST Negros Oriental kay sa kadaghan namo nga mga mag-uuma, usa ko sa napilian nga benepisyaryo sa mao’ng research. Ako nanghinaut nga mulambo kining proyekto”, said Ms. Lowela Erolo, a member of SIMAMAFIA and one of the farmer cooperators.
The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) here in Negros Oriental is spearheading the conduct of research on goat milk production sustainability on small scale farmers. The two-year research project is funded by the Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquatic and Natural Resources Research and Development (PCAARD) of DOST.
The project aims to catalyze the grown of the budding dairy goat industry in Negros Oriental through the development and adoption of innovative blend of science-based technologies and best practices of successful dairy goat farms by small farmers.
“At the end of the research, the project is expected to validate breeding, feeding, healthcare and management, milk handling and processing technologies as adopted by farmers in small dairy goat farms; develop innovations on R&D-derived technologies by incorporating best farm practices of successful dairy goat farms; and analyze the feasibility of small dairy goat farm enterprises as livelihood option for small farmers,” said Atty. Arbon.
Cooperating agencies include The Goatary Dairy Farm, Silliman University – College of Agriculture and Foundation University – College of Agriculture. (by Engr. Reinhold Jek Y. Abing, Science Research Specialist II/DOST Negros Oriental)