- Dairy farmers in Nueva Ecija threw hundreds of liters of carabao milk due to low demand
- Hundreds of liters of carabao milk got spoiled as its demand plunged significantly due to the COVID-19
- Talavera mayor Nerivi Martinez hopes to have machines to manufacture powdered milk to avoid further wastage of milk
As the country continue to face the challenges of COVID-19, many dairy farmers are feeling its financial effects as hundreds of liters of carabao milk got spoiled due to the community quarantine.
In Nueva Ecija, considered to be the country’s biggest supplier of carabao milk in the country, many dairy farmers were left with no choice but to let hundreds of liters of carabao milk spoil as its demand plunged significantly. Before the community quarantine was declared, Nueva Ecija produced around two million liters per year.
According to several dairy farmers, among the reasons for the lack of demand of carabao milk is that their supplies in malls were affected due to the community quarantine.
Michael Pascual, a dairy farmer, shared that he had to throw away 500 liters of milk.
“Ang problema, sir, maraming mall ang ipinasara tapos wala pang pasok. Ang pangunahin kasing nangangailangan din ng gatas ay pag may pasok ‘yung estudyante at saka sa mall,” he shared with GMA.
What’s even worse is that the milk supply of his carabaos are drying up because they were not milked for a long period of time.
“Wala, sir, magagawa. Kaysa gatasan pa namin, sayang naman ‘yung pagod namin,” said Pascual.
Pascual is just one of the many dairy farmers highly affected by the pandemic. In the municipality of Talavera, a cooperative also shared how they had to lose over a ton of milk due to spoilage.
The local government of Nueva Ecija bought milk from dairy farmers for feeding programs but it did not stop the huge amount of spoilage. Talavera mayor Nerivi Martinez hopes to have machines to manufacture powdered milk to avoid further wastage of milk.
“Kailangan-kailangan namin ng technology. Kasi nga pag fresh milk siya, madali siyang masira,” she said.