New hog farm to benefit Sumilao farmers - San Miguel

PHILIPPINES - San Miguel Corporation (SMC) has appealed to Sumilao farmers who have marched to Manila to “try to look at the bigger picture" in staking their claim on a 144-hectare property in Bukidnon where the company is constructing a state-of-the-art hog farm facility.
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In a statement, San Miguel Foods Inc. (SMFI), a subsidiary of SMC, said the farmers need to examine their claims without bias in order to allow both parties to move forward “towards sustainable growth for the province."

The SMFI also maintained that its hog farm project in Sumilao is “anchored on creating shared value both for the company and the community - the farmers in particular" in the province.

“The company earnestly believes in its capability to transform the Sumilao farmers into partner-agricultural entrepreneurs with SMFI serving as stable buyer of their produce - at guaranteed prices," SMFI said.

According to SMFI, the local government of Sumilao invited them to the province as the local government wishes to uplift the social conditions in the province and provide sustainable livelihood for the community that is mostly made up of farmers.

The SMFI said that while there were other “equally attractive offers from other provinces for the company to invest" they chose to put up their hog expansion project in Sumilao because of its commitment to become “a positive force in countryside development" through the building of “stronger communities" and “enhancing individual capabilities."

Source: GMANews
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