Over 200 sugar farmers have signed up for the Planters’ Caravan launched by Victorias Milling Company Inc., in collaboration with the Victorias Manapla Cadiz Farmers Association Inc., Negrense Sugar Planters Association Inc., and Negros del Norte Planters Association since last week, to signal the opening of the mill.
VMC president Minnie Chua said this is their way of “bringing the mill to the planters for their convenience.”
Over 200 planters in Cadiz City, mostly small producers, have signed up with their chosen partner associations to mill with VMC since the start of the caravan on August 10 in barangays Jerusalem, Mabini and Bonifacio, a press release from VMC said.
This week, VMC is expecting hundreds more planter patrons in Manapla and Victorias City, along with over 100 farmers who signed up before the caravan. Chua said they are bound to hit over 400 planters with this effort, covering the three localities.
Chua said it was a good exercise because, apart from the sign-ups in preparation for their mill opening on August 23, “it was also a venue to interact with planters and answer their queries.” She added that those who signed up will experience more convenience in sending their canes to the mill.
Chua thanked the local government units, especially the barangay officials, who extended help to ensure that proper health protocols were maintained at the caravan site.
The last day for sign-ups will be on August 19 at the covered court of Hacienda Nasipunan in Brgy. 12, Victorias City.*