SEARCA and PCC convene international confab on carabao enterprises

By Leah Lyn D. Domingo FANSSEA News

MUÑOZ, Philippines – The Philippine Carabao Center (PCC) headquartered here and the Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) are jointly organizing the International Conference on Carabao-based Enterprise Development (CBED) to be hosted by PCC on 26-27 October 2017. 

To be keynoted by Sen. Cynthia Villar, the event is expected to attract some 200 participants from the Philippines and other Asian countries. Senator Villar chairs the Philippine Senate Committees on Agriculture and Food, Agrarian Reform, and Environment and Natural Resources.

The global meeting aims to intensify efforts of both government and the private sector to develop the carabao industry.

In particular, the carabao industry stakeholders will discuss government policies, regulations, support facilities, and logistics needed in developing carabao-based enterprises. They will also exchange scientific and technological knowledge and best practices in carabao-based enterprise development.

The landmark conference is expected to refine programs and initiatives that directly benefit smallholder carabao farmers in the Philippines and other Asian countries. Mutually beneficial partnerships in relevant R&D initiatives would also have been explored.

SEARCA Director Dr. Gil C. Saguiguit, Jr. and PCC Executive Director Arnel N. del Barrio will open the conference. The plenary speakers are scientists, decision-makers, and dairy enterprise leaders from the Philippines, Lao PDR, India, and Thailand.

A tour of PCC's dairy farms and facilities and surrounding areas will cap the event.