MAGALANG -- Pilmico Food Corporation has underscored farming and sustainable livelihood as integral part of the government’s food security program.
Pilmico, in cooperation with Aboitiz Foundation Incorporated and the Department of Trade and Industry, held the third leg of the Mahalin Pagkaing Atin Food, Agri and Livelihood Expo caravan at the Pampanga State Agricultural University here recently.
Over 700 Pampangeños including farmers, existing and aspiring agri-entrepreneurs and baking enthusiasts participated in the event.
PSAI served as the host for the one-day trade exposition, which offered attendees a chance to sample homegrown products, interact with local exhibitors.
The participants and at the same time gained access to free seminars on proper livestock raising and management, baking, and micro-financing.
Aside from the free trainings, livelihood kits were turned over to seven pre-screened beneficiaries from Pampanga.
The livelihood assistance consisted of 21 piglets, or three piglets per beneficiary, each with one-cycle feed consumption.
The piglets will enable beneficiaries to sustain their livelihoods through an easy-to-manage business with a quick return on investment, despite the threats of poverty, tragedy or conflict.
These donations are part of Pilmico’s Mahalin Pagkaing Atin program, a campaign introduced in 2014 that aims to promote sustainable entrepreneurship through promotion of local produce and instill a “pride of product, pride of place” mindset for both farmers and local consumers, thus enabling operators to maximize profit without passing through middlemen.
Nationwide, Pilmico has already donated a total of 706 piglets, 333 egg machines, 30 bakery starter livelihood packages.
Published in the SunStar Pampanga newspaper on July 15, 2017.
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