Modern milk processing center to rise in South Cotabato town

GENERAL SANTOS CITY — The provincial government of South Cotabato is pushing for the completion early next year of its modern milk processing center in Tantangan town.

Dr. Flora Bigot, acting head of the Provincial Veterinary Office, said Thursday construction of the facility is currently in full swing inside the Animal Production and Processing Center (APPC) in Barangay Tinongcop in Tantangan.

She said the establishment of the milk processing center, which is a priority project of the provincial government, is being supported by National Dairy Authority (NDA).

The local government earlier allotted an initial P500,000 for the implementation of the project, Bigot said.

She said the NDA released augmentation funds for the construction of the center’s main building and necessary facilities.

“The construction of the center is currently on schedule and we’re expecting it to be fully operational by the first quarter of 2016,” she said.

Bigot said they pushed for the construction of the milk processing center to complement its ongoing efforts to increase the area’s milk production.

She said South Cotabato Governor Daisy Avance-Fuentes endorsed the project to assist the roll-out of the local government’s nutrition program.

“This is a major breakthrough for our nutrition program as it will ensure a steady supply of milk to the beneficiaries,” she said.

Bigot said the project will initially benefit 48 priority barangays in the province that have high malnutrition prevalence rates.

In line with the construction of the milk processing center, Bigot said they have linked up with two farm cooperatives for the provision of milk supplies.

She said these will be augmented by dairy stocks of the APPC, which included five pregnant cattle that were recently acquired through a loan from the NDA. PNA