THE Philippine Carabao Center (PCC) said it launched four projects in Nueva Ecija to address food security issues and generate livelihood for farmers in response to the disruption caused by the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic.

In a statement, the PCC said that it signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) with San Jose covering its activities in the city.

PCC Executive Director Arnel N. del Barrio said the initiatives target displaced farmers and promote urban agriculture during the pandemic.

It distributed 10 carabaos for fattening to the Tayabo-Agro Entrepreneur Natures Innovators Movement under a milk and meat production program.

A ruminant research clinic was also inaugurated, which will provide technical and veterinary services to farmers and carabao owners.

A second project promotes urban agriculture.

“We will be using fertilizer from animal manure in our soil, plant and harvest for acquisition of food for people as well as for our carabaos which are a source of milk, meat, and organic fertilizer,” Mr. Del Barrio said.

The PCC also launched a buffalo milk rolling store offering milk and dairy products to consumers in selected cities and towns.

The third project focuses on providing technology and product innovation training to farmers, including the development of two new Milka Krem products, Milky Bun and Milk Pops.

Both products use carabao milk, which is claimed to boost immunity.

The fourth project provides e-learning and digitized training materials enabling sustained access to information, education, and communication for members of the carabao industry. — Revin Mikhael D. Ochave