MANILA, March 30 — In recognition of the carabao as farmers’ indispensable ally in the farm and other worthwhile services to the people, the Philippine Carabao Center holds a “Pistang Kalabaw” Friday to highlight the agency’s celebration of its 19th founding anniversary.
The celebration revolved around the “Pagpupugay sa Dakilang Kaapagay ng Magsasaka’t Bayan” (A salute to the carabao as the great ally of the farmers and the community).
The agency’s theme, according to the organizing committee, also aims to give honor to the PCC’s farmer-partners who are continuously bringing milestones for this Department of Agriculture (DA)-attached agency with national headquarters in the Science City of Muñoz in Nueva Ecija.
Some 500 dairy farmers joined PCC’s officers and employees at the PCC national headquarters in the Science headquarters in various activities to aptly commemorate the day.
Officials from its neighboring R&D agencies and local government units also attended the ceremonies and program.
Rep. Josefina Joson of the first district of Nueva Ecija was the guest of honor and speaker.
Awards were given to outstanding farmer-partners, dairy buffalo cooperative, dairy buffalo farmers, and dairy buffalos. An outstanding village-based artificial insemination technician (VBAIT) and PCC outstanding employees were also honored.
Other activities included carabao rodeo exhibition, carabao body painting, parade of carabao-pulled carts, and carabeef cookfest.
A technology and products exhibits were also put up by different local and national dairy entrepreneurs. Suppliers of carabao hide and meat products also joined the event.
Regional seminars on the Carabao Development program (CDP), awareness campaign on carabao’s milk, milk feeding for school children, technology demonstration on carabao’s milk processing, and farmers’ forum complemented the celebration. (PNA) RMA/DA-PR/mec