Guidelines for 25 dairy buffalo module
the PCC staff through the NIZ Team were tasked to ensure that applicants for the buffalo dairy module must meet the requirements or criteria for eligibility. It was stressed that qualified cooperatives must pass through the following stages before the dairy modules are awarded: project orientation, background investigation of prospective recipients, social preparation training, technical training on basic buffalo management and final evaluation.
CRITERIA FOR ELIGIBILITY
Farmer groups, associations or cooperatives interested in availing the 25 dairy buffalo module must have the following qualifications:
• Farmers’ organization/association interested in joining the NIZ Project must be willing to form a cooperative to be
able meet all the criteria for eligibility.
• The cooperative must have a certificate of registration from the Cooperative Development Authority (CDA).
• The cooperative must have a functional organizational structure, conduct regular meeting with minutes of meeting as proof, and present its latest financial statement.
• Willing to participate in basic trainings on social preparation and buffalo management
• Willing to put up the required counterparts (P2,000 guarantee or mortuary fund per animal per year) until 1 or 2 16- to 18-month calves or 1 calf for heifer and 2 calves for pregnant module are turned over to PCC as payment for the original stock loaned-out to the cooperative, animal shed measuring 4 m x 4 m with concrete flooring; and 1,000 sq. m. forage area planted with Napier grass.
AWARDING OF THE MODULES
An applicant-cooperative who passes the criteria for eligibility must undergo the following stages before the dairy module is awarded:
• On-site project orientation on the NIZ project, details of the 25 dairy module, counterpart contributions of the cooperative and prospective recipients, details of the memorandum of agreement between the cooperative and PCC and the individual animal loan contracts between PCC and the would-be participants.
• Submit final list of would-be recipients, endorsement of the cooperative, board resolution indicating intention to participate in the project, photo copy of CDA registration certificate, and latest audited financial statement a week after the orientation.
• Actual home visits and one-on-one interviews to give the project staff a first glance on the prospective dairy buffalo recipients’ family, household and family resources, and the physical environment where the buffalo module would be raised and managed.
• Two-day social preparation training for prospective recipients, focusing on matching of project objectives with the recipients’ families and cooperatives’ objectives; understanding the four pillars of project sustainability; and drafting and signing of a covenant to develop a strong sense of personal and collective co-ownership of the project.
• Two-day technical Central Luzon State University training of prospective recipients on basic buffalo management at the PCC at Dairy Farm.
• Checking of counterpart contributions in a final evaluation.
If the counterpart’ contributions exist, awarding of the animals is recommended. The animal loan contracts arc signed by the recipients and PCC executive director with the cooperative chairman and PSPD chief as witnesses. All contracts will be notarized and distributed to all concerned signatories.
Following the 25 dairy buffalo module scheme, each interested and qualified cooperative got a loan of 25 heads of female dairy buffalos from PCC. For a start, 1,000 heads of purebred Murrah buffalos were given as loans to the 37 cooperatives. Delivery of the animals for 40 modules started in 1999.
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