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Nueva Ecija Carabao Milk

Written by Loren   
Friday, 31 July 2009

Good news for health-conscious! Nueva Ecija now has welcome alternatives for this. A town in this province is now known  for its fresh carabao's milk and low-fat pastillas de leche.

Joyce Ramones of the provincial agrarian reform office regularly drinks carabao milk herself and shows off her svelte figure and youthful looks that belie her age of 46.

Nueva Ecija Federation of Dairy Carabao Cooperative (Nefedcco) is the center of the dairy activity here, which produces the most carabao milk in the province from among its 27 farmer-cooperatives and five associate member-cooperatives.

The federation procures 1,000 to 1,200 liters of milk daily, just enough for their small-scale operations. It is far short though of the 5,000 liters per day requirement of a major ice cream maker that approached the group with an exclusive supply contract.

Out of its daily procured volume, most of it, or 650 liters, is sold as raw milk, and the rest is processed into pasteurized milk, chocolate milk, lacto juice, pastillas plain and yema, white cheeses and pastillas de leche. Orders for ice cream and cheese pimiento are also accepted. Nefedcco collects the raw carabao’s milk produced by its members and processes and markets the product to major food and pasalubong outlets in Bulacan, Angeles City, Olongapo City, Cabanatuan City, Baguio City and Metro Manila.

Nueva Ecija has been long known as the "Rice Bowl of the Philippines," being the country's largest rice producer. With its increasing production of carabao milk, it may soon be also known as "Dairy Capital of the Philippines."

And with milk and dairy products eating up a fourth of the Philippines’  total agricultural imports, the potential of carabao milk farming can indeed be very lucrative and promising. [via inquirer.net]


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