By Ercel Maandig
Cagayan de Oro-Agriculture Undersecretary Domingo Panganiban on Tuesday leads the Dairy Milk Processing and Marketing Enterprise project turnover to Northern Mindanao Dairy Cooperative worth Php13,795,348.09.
In a Press Conference held at Chali Beach resort here, Panganiban reported that the project was composed of 2 tranches; the first is composed ESL Pasteurizer set with Hemogenizer, a Standby Generator set, Air Compressor, and Refrigerated Van all worth Php 12, 996,320.00 while the second tranched are 1,275 bags of corn starch, 77 bags of cocoa, 367 bags of white sugar, 6 bags of flavoring,831 pieces of packaging materials, 26,532 bottles of 500 ml,25,136 bottles of 1 liter,51,668 pieces of customized labels,2,446 pieces of packaging sachets and 11,592 units of raw materials.
He said that the source of funds is coming from PRDP’s original loan in 2018.
The said project will be managed by the said dairy cooperative which is the maker of the Highland Fresh brand that is now famous in Northern Mindanao especially its flavored Milk bar and bottled fresh milk. They also manufacture cheese. Their processing plant is located at Poblacion El Salvador City in the western part of Misamis Oriental province and produces 839,000 liters of fresh milk a year.
Panganiban is accompanied by Department of Agriculture Region 10 Regional Director Carlene Collado and Assistant Director Carlota Madriaga with Northern Mindanao Dairy Cooperative Chairman Robert Enerio and Highland Fresh General Manager Wilma Buray.
According to Director Collado that the project will provide upgraded equipment and transport facilities that will produce processed bottled fresh and flavored milk and milk bar with an extended shelf life of up to 30 days from the current production with a shelf life of only 7 to 9 days.
In this project, farmers will expect an increase in income by at least 26 percent from Php71,304 to Php90,182 a year, it will increase as well its production volume of processed milk and its by-products from 839,000 liters to 1,205,587 liters a year, it increased product shelf life from 7 to 30 days, it increased net income of the enterprise from Php10,550,357.00 to Php19,938,256.00 on the first year of operation with PRDP, it increased the number of members by at least 3 percent from 4,097 to 4,220 after 3 years and it increased women participation in the enterprise by 1% annually from the base year with 1,572 women to 1,587 women in year 2.