Israel stands ready to support the Philippines through technical assistance and capacity building programs in the dairy industry.
The Embassy of Israel to the Philippines and the Israel Economic Trade Mission to the Philippines, in cooperation with the Department of Agriculture (DA) and the National Dairy Authority (NDA), signed the Joint Statement for Mutual Relations and assistance for the development of the dairy sector in the Philippines. DA Secretary William Dar and Israeli Ambassador to the Philippines Ilan Fluss signed the joint statement.
In his opening remarks, Ambassador Ilan Fluss shared, “We aim to introduce smart and precision agriculture while using Israeli technology adapted to local conditions to address local challenges. The signing of the joint statement is a strong signal that MASHAV, Israel’s development cooperation agency, will be happy to support the Philippines through technical assistance and capacity building programs, especially in the dairy industry. . »
The signing was followed by a virtual event titled “Philippine-Israel Dairy Business Forum: Increasing Milk Production to Meet Local Demands.”
According to Tomer Heyvi, Head of the Israel Economic Mission, the event aimed to share best practices from Israel’s advanced dairy industry, discuss the sector’s challenges in the Philippines and introduce advanced technologies to increase the agricultural productivity.
“Israel is a role model for us. The Philippine government is eager to learn about best dairy practices from Israel, we want to learn more about the technologies. We have also followed with great interest the progress of joint dairy projects between Israel and Vietnam, and we want to learn as much from the Philippines. I hope the joint statement is just the first step towards continued mutual relations and assistance,” said Secretary Dar.
Deputy Administrator Dr. Farrell Benjelix Magtoto of the National Dairy Authority said the proposed dairy roadmap for 2020 to 2025 – One Dairy Revolution will increase herd and improve productivity to provide milk to Filipino children and fight against the war against malnutrition and poverty.
Ariane Blancia, Commercial Officer and Area Manager for Agrotech, gave an overview of the Israeli dairy industry. She shared that 1.5 billion liters of cow’s milk were produced in 2020 and that the kibbutz and moshav account for 83% of dairy and other agricultural products in the country.
“There are many reasons why the Israeli Holstein cow is a world leader in milk yields, but the real answer actually lies in the combination of the unique production method and quotas, heat stress management, livestock among other things that are used in Israel to manage and improve the dairy herd,” Blancia said.
A case study highlighting the Dairy Fresh Asia project in Vietnam was shared by Gonen Harel, its co-founder and Chief Dairy Expert, and Ran Leitman, its co-founder and CEO. He mentioned that this year they hope to build a demonstration farm that can help change the dairy industry and its scale in the Philippines by training the local workforce and mixing it with proven Israeli technologies. In Vietnam.
Dr. William Medrano, DA Undersecretary for Livestock, shared in his closing remarks, “I totally agree with Ambassador Fluss that we really need to encourage all [Israeli] businesses to come to the Philippines and establish their local entity, connect with local partners and interested investors to develop the local dairy industry. And with all the presentations I’ve seen, these are all technologies that can be adopted in the Philippines.”
Yoray Ofek, President of the Israel Chamber of Commerce in the Philippines, mentioned in his recorded video that the presentations of Israeli technologies are very informative and that the webinar is an opportunity to start collaboration between dairy farms in the Philippines and Israeli companies. .
Israeli companies with advanced dairy technologies in herd management, breeding and artificial insemination, dairy equipment and complementary technologies were also showcased at the event.