THE National Dairy Authority (NDA) said it entered into a partnership with Malaysia’s Farm Fresh Bhd. to set up a dairy cattle breeding farm.

In a statement, the NDA said that Farm Fresh is looking for a 200-400 hectare site for the farm.

“Farm Fresh is actively collaborating with the Philippine government to materialize a significant $20-million investment, primarily focused on cattle breeding for milk production,” NDA said.

The proposed farm will hold 3,000 head of cattle, to be managed by the company’s Philippine subsidiary, Farm Fresh, Inc.

The farm investment will be paired with a 6,000 square-meter dairy processing facility, which will also take in the output of dairy farms, raising the possibility of raising farm incomes, NDA Administrator Gabriel L. Lagamayo said.

Farm Fresh has said that it is considering locations in Batangas and Laguna for the breeding farm, with operations to start by 2028.

The company also owns a 6,000-sq.m. site in San Simon, Pampanga, on which the $5-million processing facility will rise.

“The Philippines and Malaysia exhibit remarkable similarities in terms of topography and climate. We see tremendous potential in the Philippines,” Farm Fresh, Founder Tuan Ee Loi said.

Farm Fresh operates five dairy farms in Malaysia and one in Australia. The company also has two processing facilities in Malaysia and one in Australia. — Adrian H. Halili