Philippine Carabao Center

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The Philippine Carabao Center (PCC), an attached agency of the Department of Agriculture, was created in 1992 to study and promote the carabao in the Philippines as a multi-purpose animal that can be raised for milk, meat, hide, and draft[1] [2] [3] .[4] It was sponsored as a bill by the then senator Joseph Estrada and eventually enacted as a law through Republic Act 7307 or the Philippine Carabao Act of 1992.[5]

The PCC had some success in reproductive biotechnology in 2004 when the first test-tube buffalo was born on April 5, also the birthday of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo. Incidentally, the test-tube buffalo is a female and was named as "Glory" after the President.

Late in 2007, according to Filipino scientists, the Center located in Nueva Ecija initiated a study to breed the super water buffalo that could produce 4 to 18 liters of milk/day using gene-based technology.[5] The majority of the funding came from the Department of Science and Technology. When this marker-assisted selection process is perfected it will allow the poor farmers to conserve their resources by raising only the best producers that are genetically selected soon after birth.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Philippine Carabao Center History". Retrieved 27 September 2010. 
  2. ^ Hernandez, Ma. Eloisa E. "The Philippine Carabao Center ...has gone a long way". Bureau of Agricultural Research. Retrieved 27 September 2010. 
  3. ^ Robles, Chan. "REPUBLIC ACT NO. 7307". Robles Chan Virtual Law Library. Retrieved 27 September 2010. 
  4. ^ "The Philippines: Enterprise-Driven Dairy Development". Philippine Carabao Center. Retrieved 27 September 2010. 
  5. ^ a b Uy, Jocelyn (31 December 2007). "Super carabao making the scene in year of the rats". Philippine Daily Inquirer. Retrieved 26 June 2012. 
  6. ^ pcc.gov.ph

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