Wednesday, August 19, 2015

PCC to put up dairy
Stores in tour areas

TAGBILARAN CITY, Bohol, August 18 (PIA) –Like the phoenix which rises from the ashes, Philippine Carabao Center (PCC) at the Ubay Stock Farm in Lomangog is now up mooing to serve people and tourists as well with its Bohol carabao dairy outlet. 

Now ready with their complete line of dairy of products ranging from carabao milk, cheese, processed dairy products including known Bohol cheesy sweets: torta, pastillas, cheese puto, chocobao, freshmilk, carabao ice cream and many more dairy products, the PCC also recently opened its Milka Krèm Plant and its first Bohol Dairy outlet in Lumangog.

This, according to the PCC is the first step in the plan to put up carabao milk and processed dairy products outlet in the plan to saturate Bohol with carabao milk and its products. 

The ultimate dream is to put up Bohol Dairy Outlets in all tourism destinations in Bohol, shares Lenie Fe Libres, PCC information officer. 

Libres, a developmental communications graduate at the Leyte State University, told tourism product development team assembled by Japan International Cooperation (JICA) for its eco-tourism Bohol project that very few people see the potential of carabao milk. 

Fifteen years ago, Bohol was a non-dairy area until 1982 when the Philippine Carabao Research and Development Center was established and did extensive research on the farm animal.

A decade later, the center, located at the Ubay Stock Farm in Bohol started milking carabaos, a largely rare thing in a province whose idea of a carabao is only as extensive as a beast of burden and a meat source. 

Five years after the 1992 successful milking carabaos, PCC started processing chocomilk and freshmilk manually until three years later when the processing plant stood, Libres recalled. 

By 2010, PCC research went out of their laboratories when the milk processing reached their farmer adoptors who loaned bulls to improve the native breds. 

Now in the towns of Dagohoy, San Miguel Trinidad and some few more towns with the potential for carabao daily development, the PCC also loans bulls to upgrade the local breeds. 

The ultimate goal, is to increase the income of farmer adoptors, PCC sources said, who added that the target is to produce bulk dairy to make it commercially viable. 

At the PCC, the eco-tourism stop includes a briefing on the PCC and the Bohol Dairy Development, a carabao milk and dairy products refreshments, a chance to watch mechanized milking, manually milk the carabaos, watch calves feed, learn the basics of animal care and a brief glimpse of the paddocks where milking cows freely graze. (rac/PIA-7/Bohol)

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Boholano strawberries 
highlight “Eskaya tour”

TAGBILARAN CITY, Bohol, August 18, (PIA) –It may not be that long before strawberries can be commercially available in fruit stands in Bohol, all thanks to the share of Bohol highlands of Mayana, Bangwalog and Taytay.

At least, the high value commercial fruit which then can’t be imagined to survive in Bohol, is in fact introduced in green houses in the Eskaya community in Taytay, Duero and at the Gulayan sa Paaralan in Mayana, Jagna. 

About two hundred potted strawberries are now farmed in two green houses and nurtured by the remnants of the indigenous Eskaya tribes. 

The Eskaya, notably among the few surviving tribes in Bohol have been engaged in traditional farming are located in the highlands of Bohol, where fog shrouds most of its mountains and forests. 

Introduced using organic fertilizers and in specially filled with compost pots, the strawberries in Taytay Duero, grows but are now in green houses to produce runners necessary for planting to other areas in the highlands.

In the highlands of Bohol, temperatures can descend from 24 degrees during daytime to near 15 degrees, which is ideal for high value commercial crops such as strawberries. 

Priced at P350-500 per ripe kilo in Bohol supermarkets, strawberries can be a good alternative for the Eskaya, subsistence farmers which farms small patches of high value commercial crops in the crevices left open and carved from limestone cliffs.

Known for their organic products which are sold as commonly gown vegetables, the Eskaya have been residentially marooned in the mountains of Jagna, Sierra Bullones, Pilar, Duero, Guindulman and Candijay in Bohol and keeps a system of writing, native words and a rather archaic belief. 

With incomes from subsistence farming relatively scant, greenhouse farming has been a community decision when government introduced participatory processes in Bottoms Up Budgeting (BUB), according to Eskaya sources.

According to the Eskaya caretaker, the farm is now focused on the production of runners so they can asexually propagate for more strawberry plants in Bohol. 

Now among the highlights of the Eskaya tribe community interaction tour among the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) Surprise Tour packages, the strawberry farm is among the few Eskaya favorites. 

The Eskaya tour also includes a band welcome, an interaction with a native writing and language teacher, an American period dance, local food, a flea market of organically grown vegetables and cut-flowers as well as the splendid view from the ceilings of Bohol. 

In Mayana, sources also revealed that a public school’s Gulayan sa Paaralan successfully propagated and grew strawberries too. This however is yet to be confirmed. (rac/PIA-7/Bohol)

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