DA, MASHAV ink deal to boost PH dairy industry

March 5, 2022 Cory Martinez 375 views

THE development of the country’s dairy sector will be further enhanced with the signing of a partnership between the Department of Agriculture (DA) and Israel’s Agency for International Development Cooperation (MASHAV).

DA Secretary William Dar said that the DA and MASHAV will collaborate on attaining food security and developing the Philippine dairy sector through technical and economic partnerships between Filipino stakeholders and the Israeli agri-food industry.

The DA through the National Dairy Authority (NDA), also developed a dairy roadmap to promote a more productive, competitive, and sustainable dairy industry with the “OneDA Reform Agenda” and “OneDAiry Revolution” in mind.

Dar commended Israel’s advanced dairy production methods and technologies – which include computerized milking and feeding systems, cow-cooling and processing technologies, herd management, breeding, and nutrition, and special husbandry and feeding methods – making the Middle East country a world leader in dairy production.

“The Philippine Government is eager to learn from Israel’s best dairy practices. We have watched with great interest the progress of the joint dairy project between Israel and Vietnam, and we wish to learn as much from you here in the Philippines and join this elite font of knowledge,” Dar added.

Both countries pledged to cooperate with public and private stakeholders and local communities in developing a pilot project for the integrated development of the dairy sector.

They will also strengthen capacity-building programs to effectively reinforce the two countries’ collaborative efforts for the Philippine dairy sector.

The agreement was formally adopted during the Philippine-Israel Dairy Business Forum organized and conducted virtually by the NDA, in partnership with the Embassy of Israel.