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PIA Press Release
2007/04/26

PGMA inspects Dizon farm's facilities at FTI Complex

Manila (26 April) -- In a move to ensure that there is enough supply of food for the Filipino family’s table, President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo visited this morning the country’s biggest consolidator of fruits and vegetables at the Food Terminal Inc. (FTI) Complex in Taguig City.

The President made a tour of the Dizon Farm facilities and inspected the farm produce from the company’s plantations in Davao, Bukidnon, Pampanga and Mindoro Occidental.

The agricultural crops include pomelos, yellow and green mangoes, melon and golden cantalope, watermelon, bananas, pineapples, durian, asparagus, lettuce, sugar beets, Chinese beans and eggplant, among a wide variety of fruits and vegetables.

The company, which started as one of the pioneers in growing sweet pomelos and eventually expanded to produce a wide variety of fruits and vegetables, supplies 93 supermarkets nationwide with their quality and fresh produce.

Dizon Farm general manager Catherine Dizon-Posas said the company is capable of supplying these stores efficiently because of their "close link to growers and traders in the entire country."

At present, Dizon Farm has a fleet of more than 50 delivery trucks and employs around 1,000 people.

The company has established aggressive quality controls, refrigerated and non-refrigerated storage facilities and a well-trained labor force, Posas said.

President Arroyo has opened some two million hectares of land for agri-business development; pinpointed Northern Luzon and Mindanao as the country’s agri-business center in the north and south, respectively, in her Super Regions economic development plan; invested in farm-to-market roads and implements, among others, to achieve food security in the country. (OPS) [top]

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