AGRICULTURAL inputs manufacturer Cargill, Inc. said it recently opened its first Mindanao plant for base mix — nutrients which are added to grains in animal feed.

In a statement, Cargill said the base mix plant was inaugurated on Nov. 16. It is located beside the Cargill animal nutrition and health compound in Villanueva, Misamis Oriental, which produces swine and poultry products for the region.

The plant is automated with an annual capacity of 30,000 metric tons.

“This stimulates Mindanao’s animal-farming sector and strengthens the local feed and protein supply chains without relying on imported base mixes from other parts of the country,” Cargill said.

“The new base mix plant… generates dozens of direct and indirect employment opportunities for local residents. Mindanao remains the country’s food basket due to its rich soil and conducive farming climate,” the company added.

Sonny Q. Catacutan, Cargill Philippines president, said the base mix plant allows the company to better serve its customers in Northern Mindanao.

“Situated in the nation’s food basket, Cargill’s new base mix plant reflects our confidence in and commitment to the southern island. We will leverage and support continuous projects that enable Mindanao communities and businesses to thrive,” Mr. Catacutan said.

“Working closely with our customers and local communities, Cargill in the Philippines continues to identify and unlock opportunities to optimize our market footprint and realize our purpose to nourish the world in a safe, responsible and sustainable way,” he added.

Cargill Philippines units include Cargill Animal Nutrition and Health and Cargill Joy Poultry Production. — Revin Mikhael D. Ochave