SMC to buy excess milk to keep farmers afloat
San Miguel Corporation (SMC) said it will buy fresh carabao’s milk from farmer-cooperatives which the company will donate to poor communities and food banks around Manila.
In a statement, the company said that as COVID-19 continues to disrupt supply chains, the smaller carabao-based dairy farmers have been left with very little or no buyer for their perishable produce and because dairy is a daily crop, most of them are forced to resort to dumping excess milk.
“It’s heartbreaking. There is so much excess milk that goes to waste, instead of getting them to where they are most needed. By buying their excess milk, we are hoping to help not only our farmers stay in business but also get these produce to food banks and communities to help address the growing food insecurity facing the poorest families,” said San Miguel Corporation president and chief operating officer Ramon S. Ang.
The initiative is the company’s latest response to support the agricultural sector through the crisis.
Ang said the company will start identifying farmer-cooperatives it will buy carabao’s milk from, who will then identify poor communities and feeding centers they can deliver their produce.
SMC is targeting to have the milk sent to hard-hit communities and feeding centers in Bulacan, Navotas and various localities around Metro Manila.