PH must develop stronger ties with other countries to develop carabao sector
Senator Cynthia Villar said that the Philippines must develop stronger relationship with other countries in order to spur the growth in the carabao sector.
During the International Conference on Carabao-based Enterprise Development (CBED), Villar emphasized the importance of establishing a healthy relationship with other countries because it might be “difficult to develop the [carabao] industry without [foreign and local] partners.”
“The road to dairy development is rough, but with the partners from India, Laos, Thailand and the Philippines, it will become easier for us,” Villar said.
For instance, she said that since India is the largest milk-producing country in the world, the Philippines needs their knowledge and expertise.
During the conference Sriram Singh, executive director of the India’s National Dairy Development Board (NDDB) Dairy Services, tackled the key strategies employed by the NDDB to increase their country’s milk production.
He shared that India’s production was scant during the 1950’s to 1960’s. It gradually increased in the 1970’s to 1990’s; and it skyrocketed in 2015 to 2016.
He shared that “linking the production center to the market in an efficient manner, setting up facilities in strategic locations, year round remunerative market for milk producers, timely and reliable services (e.g. animal feedstuff, Artificial Insemination facility, animal health care), creating institutions owned, managed, and controlled by the producers themselves (e.g. cooperatives),” helped in the rapid development of the industry in India.