Trump thumbs up US-funded dairy goat program in PH
Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol said that President Donald Trump has expressed his support for the Philippine Dairy Goat Development Program, which will be launched in 2019 using the remaining P1.5-billion fund under Washington PL 480 loan granted by the US government.
“I had the rare opportunity during the reception last night for world leaders attending the Gala Dinner tendered by President Rody Duterte to briefly inform President Trump of the program,” Piñol said.
“I told him that the funds will be used to buy outstanding dairy goat breeding materials from American farmers to improve the dairy goat breeds in the Philippines. I said it would help both American and Filipino farmers,” he added.
According to him, Trump said he would “love” to do the project upon hearing the proposal.
“Hearing the statement of support from no less than the US President himself, I am now convinced that the program will succeed. Actually, before I discussed the dairy goat program with President Trump, I had briefed President Rody Duterte about it when we were in Vietnam,” Piñol further said.
The Dairy Goat Development Program involves the importation of some 8,000 dairy goats from the United States in 2019 in order to increase the local production of milk here.
The importation of dairy goats from the US is part of the Department of Agriculture’s (DA) plan to meet at least 10 percent of annual domestic requirement by 2022 for milk and reduce the country’s reliance on imports.
Aside from importing dairy goats, the DA will also procure animals with superior genes from local breeders.