PCC integrates insights from R&D and TA projects to strengthen Philippine Carabao Industry
The Philippine Carabao Center (PCC) under the Department of Agriculture brainstormed six project bundles toward strengthening the entire value chain of the carabao meat and dairy industry in the Philippines.
Specifically, 15 executives, scientists, and specialists of the PCC led by its Director, Dr. Arnel del Barrio identified specific projects to strengthen (1) increasing productivity and reproductive efficiency of carabao for meat and milk; (2) improving quality of raw carabao milk; (3) improving milk handling, assembly, and distribution of live animals; (4) encouraging an enabling environment for community-based enterprises on carabao meat and milk; (5) processing; and (6) marketing.
This was the output of an integration workshop held 5-7 October 2015 in Makati City by the Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) as implementer of a few research and development (R&D) and technical assistance (TA) projects commissioned by the PCC.
The Integration Workshop drew insights from presentations on four PCC-funded initiatives, including: (1) a value-chain analysis study led by Dr. Flordeliza A. Lantican, (2) technical assistance on knowledge management led by Dr. Serafin D. Talisayon, (3) a carabao slaughter ban study led by Dr. Liborio S. Cabanilla, and (4) a study on ruminant and dairy industry situation in the Philippines led by Ms. Nenita T. Yanson.
In knowledge management, Dr. Talisayon and his team of experts also recommended a number of indicative projects for internal and external knowledge management at PCC, which will be integrated in the six bundles of projects drawn up by the PCC team. (Maria Celeste H. Cadiz with details from Sarah Grace L. Quinones and Nancy L. de Leon)