The Philippine Carabao Center (PCC), operating as an attached agency of the Department of Agriculture, is mandated to conserve, propagate, and promote the Carabao as a source of milk, meat, draft power and hide to benefit the rural farmers.
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Improve the general well-being and competitiveness of the livestock industry stakeholders through animal biotechnology and technology development, technology dissemination and knowledge resource management, active private sector participation, livestock-based enterprises, and policy reforms to sustain development of livestock enterprises, thus ensuring socio-economic empowerment for nation building.
The carabao development program (CDP) includes conservation of the water buffalo’s genetic biodiversity for long-term and sustainable development and an organized genetic improvement program. The program also aims to maximize the genetic gains through crossbreeding of riverine buffaloes with the indigenous swamp buffaloes to optimize performance for milk and meat without disregard for draft for medium-term requirements.
The CDP’s ultimate focus is the establishment of buffalo-based village enterprises. It promotes cooperative development to provide small-hold farmers’ access to resources, allows them to participate in decision-making, and develops their potentials for business and viable enterprises.
Its R&D efforts help address technology and policy gaps. Essentially, it seeks to overcome the constraints in building more efficient and profitable buffalo-based enterprises.
Aside from its contribution to national food security, the program therefore is geared towards the elevation of nutritional status, improvement of income and betterment of the overall living standard of smallholder farm families.