A Batangas agri-based cooperative is venturing into the construction and future operation of the first-ever feed mill in Narra town to produce food for livestock.
Department of Agriculture (DA) regional executive director Antonio Gerundio told Palawan News on Friday, June 15, that this coop is the Sorosoro Ibaba Development Cooperative (SIDC).
He said SIDC has also started contracting local farmers in Aborlan and Narra to supply corn for the feed mill from 150 hectares of plantation.
“Nagsimula na silang mag-kontrata sa mga magsasaka, mayroon ng mga contract growers. Marami itong mga farmers sa 150 hectares,” Gerundio said.
He said it is a welcome development in the corn farming industry in the province since there is a steady demand for corn as feed mill raw material.
Gerundio said that sometime April this year, the SIDC negotiated with them and manifested its intention to operate a feed mill facility in Aborlan town through their loan facility.
But it did not materialize as the land where the facility was supposed to be put up was still a government-owned property and not classified as alienable and disposable (A&D).
“Nag-negotiate sa atin (DA) ang SIDC na sila ang mag-operate ng feed mill equipment ni Dr. Caspe pero hindi na-resolve ang issue ng property,” he said.
This convinced the SIDC to purchase its own land for the feed mill facility in Narra.
“Bumili na lang sila ng property at mga equipment. Most likely mag-dry run na sila kung ma-set up na nila ang planta. Sa ngayon, they are inviting their farmers to become members of their coop para ano mang kitain nila doon ay meron ding pakinabang ang mga farmers,” he added.
Once operational, the prices of feeds in Palawan are also expected to go down, explained Gerundio.
He said that the price of commercial feeds in Palawan is P4 higher compared that in the CALABARZON region.
Meanwhile, Leonardo Enriquez, agricultural program coordinating officer (APCO) of the DA for Palawan South, said that the feeds in Palawan are higher in prices compared to other provinces since commercial feeds are sourced from Iloilo and other provinces.
He said that one of the advantages of Palawan is the availability of raw materials for the feed mill, which means having the project is sustainable. The locally available raw materials include corn, soybean and fish meal.
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