Gov’t banks on first foreign off-taker of sorghum
Now that the Department of Agriculture (DA) already launched the National Sorghum Development Program, Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol is now banking on the commitment of Thai company Charoen Porkphand Foods (CPF) Philippines that it will buy sorghum from the country.
As part of the National Sorghum Development Program, the government is targeting an estimated 1 million hectares to be planted to the crop over the next three years, focusing initially on unutilized tribal lands owned by the marginalised Indigenous People.
“The sorghum program is aimed at producing an additional 10-million metric tons of feed grains to support the growing livestock and poultry industry of the country which relied mainly on yellow corn and cassava as sources of protein in animal feeds,” Piñol said.
Piñol said that “boosting the launching of the program was the commitment of one of Asia’s biggest agricultural corporation Charoen Porkphand Foods (CPF) Philippines to purchase the sorghum produced by the Indigenous People’s communities”.
He said that CPF Philippines vice chairman Sakol Cheewakoset and senior vice president Sompong Rojanaadisorn joined the launch of the sorghum program, which was held in Makilala, North Cotabato over the weekend.
CPF senior vice president for Livestock Feed Business Sompong Rojanaadisorn also signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the group of tribal people in the area as they pledge to purchase sorghum from them.