PILMICO FOODS CORP., the agribusiness and food arm of the Abotiz Equity Ventures (AEV), said that it has turned over P9 million livestock research and training facility to the state-owned Central Mindanao University (CMU) in Bukidnon to boost agricultural research in the region.
The complex turned over by Pilmico will be called the CMU Agri Hub, which will facilitate research in swine genetics, animal nutrition, artificial insemination, and farm management.
The College of Agriculture is considered the premier college of CMU.
Carmelita T. Bajarla of the Department of Agriculture’s Region X office, said that the project is expected to “bring in mutual benefits for both students and farmers, while boosting rural development.”
Aboitiz Foundation First Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Maribeth L. Marasigan, meanwhile, said that AEV hopes the facility will create opportunities for growers in the region.
“We envision this facility to be significant in creating many possibilities for the fish, poultry, and swine sectors,” Ms. Marasigan said in a statement.
Jefferson C. Abian, Pilmico Vice President for Feeds said that the facility “is a tangible expression of our promise to empower the backyard sector, and ultimately the agriculture industry as a whole.” — Reicelene Joy N. Ignacio