SMC to buy more products from local farmers during Luzon lockdown

SMC to buy more products from local farmers during Luzon lockdown

“Walang Iwanan.”

San Miguel Corporation (SMC) has just decided that they will buy more local produce fin the country to supply raw materials for its food products, rom farmers to sustain income and ensure food production while the enhanced community quarantine is in effect.

SMC is looking to trade with more farmers in the country to supply raw materials for its food products, help sustain farm incomes in the countryside, and secure food supply.

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“We are looking for ways to be able to tap more farmers for rice production, corn, cassava, coconut oil, pork, chicken, among others,” said SMC President Ramon S. Ang.

“Through this, we hope to be able to support the livelihood of our farmers and secure our future supply of food.”

Ang explains that his company’s initiative would not only provide sure income to the farmers but also to the web of players involved from processing to shipping.

As per SMC, it has bought cassava from over 17,000 farmers nationwide through 130 assemblers.

“We want to make sure that farmers will directly benefit. It’s not only people in Metro Manila who are in need of help but our kababayans in the provinces including our farmers,” said Ang.

“Our local farmers have long been a major part of San Miguel’s supply chain. We source many of the raw materials for a lot of our products from them. They are even more important and critical now, especially given the tight competition for products in the global market,” Ang adds.

SMC expects the farmers will be more enticed to plant more and assures them that there will be a ready market for their produce.

“Right now, we have more than enough inventory for our present needs, up to over six months. But we will still buy their produce, so we can further ensure supply. This will also allow us to start preparing for the succeeding months,” he said.

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