Aboitiz, CMU inaugurate agri hub

Dr. Jesus Antonio G. Derije, Central Mindanao University (CMU) president (third from left) and Ms. Maribeth L. Marasigan, Aboitiz Foundation first vice President and chief operating officer (fourth from left) lead the ribbon cutting and unveiling of marker ceremonies for the CMU Agri Hub on March 10 in CMU campus in Dologon, Maramag, Bukidnon. (Mel B. Madera)


MARAMAG, Bukidnon (BukidnonNews.Net/14 March 2019) The Aboitiz Group through its food business unit Pilmico and the Aboitiz Foundation, opened the first livestock training complex in Bukidnon on March 12 at the Central Mindanao University (CMU).

Officials from Pilmico and Aboitiz Foundation and the Department of Agriculture (DA) led the turnover of the P9 million state-of-the-art research and training facility called the CMU Agri Hub to the management of the university.

The agri hub is said to be dedicated to the production of high-quality swine, poultry and aquaculture.

Dr. Jesus Antonio G. Derije, CMU president and Ms. Maribeth L. Marasigan, Aboitiz Foundation First Vice President and Chief Operating Officer led the ribbon cutting and unveiling of marker ceremonies. Rev. Fr. Richard L. Carreon, pre-college director of St. John 23rd Seminary in Malaybalay officiated the blessing of the training complex.

Marasigan and Derije signed the deed of turnover and deed of acceptance of the Agri Hub.

Derije said they wanted to expand the Agri Hub to Agri and Tourism Hub in the future.

Marasigan in her message said the Agri Hub will be a reputable learning center where knowledge will flow freely and experiences will play important roles in helping people and profits grow.

The project, she added, was conceptualized in 2016 as Project Athena. Partners held the ground breaking rites in April 2018.

She said building and maintaining something of high value to others is probably the best measure of success they can have from the Agri Hub.

“So as we turnover this Agri Hub, please commit to be drivers of positive change and of a better world, and take part in our collective effort to advance business and communities,” Marasigan said.

The Agri Hub houses a training center, research and development hubs  and fully equipped laboratories where students, specialists and backyard farmers may immerse and train in the actual production of high-quality swine, poultry and aquaculture.

The hub is located within CMU compound and will be managed by the University Income Generation Program (UIGP).

Mr. Jefferson C. Abian, Pilmico Assistant Vice President for Feeds-Poultry, said the agri hub is fully-equipped with the latest tools and technologies on swine genetics, animal nutrition, artificial insemination and farm management. He added it will provide students, scientists and backyard farmers a venue for knowledge-sharing as well as research and development  and innovation.

Pilmico Foods Corp. is the integrated agribusiness and food company of Aboitiz Equity Ventures, Inc. (AEV). It is comprised of four division such as flour, feed and animal health, farms, and trading. (Contributed to BukidnonNews.Net by Mel B. Madera)