Sterling Group starts exporting fruits in addition to hybrid rice

16 Sep Posted by Administrator

Madelaine B. Miraflor, Manila Bulletin

Diversified conglomerate Sterling Paper Group of Companies, headed by CEO Henry Lim Bon Liong, wants to expand its export business by selling fruits and vegetables in countries like Dubai, United Kingdom, Australia, United States, among other countries.

Sterling Group, which started as a maker of photo albums and stationeries, already started exporting banana and mangoes abroad through SL Agrifood Corp., a newly built subsidiary that the company wants to expand in the next few years.

We just started exporting fruits through SL Agrifoods. We export bananas and mangoes depending on the season,” Michelle Lim-Gankee, assistant to CEO Henry Lim Bon Liong, said in an interview during the 70th Anniversary Celebration of Sterling Group held in Pasay.

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DA allocates P2.5 billion for hybrid rice seeds for 500,000 hectares

28 Jun Posted by Administrator

by Melody Aguiba, Manila Bulletin

The Department of Agriculture (DA) is allotting P2.5 billion for hybrid rice seeds that will be given to farmers for “free” in an aim to raise rice sufficiency through hybrid rice on 500,000 hectares immediately this coming dry season planting.

The new Duterte Administration has met in Davao City with the Rice Board, an association of rice seed producers– particularly hybrid and certified seeds—to seek assurance of supply of seeds beginning November planting for the dry season crop year 2016-2017.

“Incoming DA Sec. (Emmanuel) Pinol asked seed producers’ assurance for seed availability.  Seed producers committed to make available seeds for one million hectares,” said Dr. Santiago R. Obien, DA senior technical adviser.

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DA pushes hybrid rice in Mindanao

24 Jun Posted by Administrator

by Louise Maureen Simeon, The Philippine

MANILA, Philippines - The Department of Agriculture (DA) is investing P131 million to intensify hybrid rice expansion in Mindanao in efforts to increase farmers’ income.

The DA is in partnership with hybrid rice and seeds producer SL Agritech Corp. to increase food production programs in Mindanao.

The department also targets to expand hybrid rice area to 600,000 to 700,000 hectares next year and as much as one million hectares by 2020 from the current 400,000 hectares.

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