We are eagerly organizing prospective growers (in the Philippines) to plant and harvest rice using Organice trade practices.
we currently have a representative in the field organizing and teaching farm owneres the practices of organic farming.
through our education programs we hope to establish agreements with farm operators which will garner for them higher financial rewards.
It is a long term comitment and we are on a mission to establish a reliable supply chain exporting "Quality Organic Rice" from the Philippines.
Posted on February 17, 2015
MANILA – The famed organic black rice produced by Don Bosco Multi-Purpose Cooperative (Don Bosco MPC) based in M’lang, North Cotabato has gained a foothold in the U.S. market .
“Don Bosco MPC will be sending two tons of organic black rice to Los Angeles, California this first or second week of February,” said General Manager Romano Laurilla.
The shipment in February, he said, will comprise the second batch of black rice exported to the US. The first delivery of one ton was made in November 2014.
Sold in one-pound and five-pound packages, Don Bosco’s black rice is placed in specially designed box in an effort to sell the organic cereal as a premium product, he said.
According to Laurilla, the opportunity to export organic black rice — and possibly, also red and brown rice – came after he met Justin Garrido, a social entrepreneur and co-founder of the SocialProject.PH, a US-registered non-profit organization whose mission is to “grow, develop, and support social entrepreneurship as a sustainable means to poverty alleviation and nation building.”
“Justin Garrido, who was a managing director of a chain of stores in the US, came to the Philippines to look for products that could be promoted in the United States. He got interested in our organically produced rice,” Laurilla said.
“Our meeting here last year led to setting of a marketing plan and conceptualization of the packaging of the product so that it will be presented as a premium product,” Laurilla recalled.
In the U.S., Don Bosco’s black rice is distributed under the brand Social Products, described as “an organic line of black and red rice from the Philippines grown by small co-op farmers in Mindanao, Philippines.”
Laurilla also said, “Justin Garrido has opened a very bright prospect for Don Bosco MPC and local rice growers. Several restaurants in Los Angeles are already waiting for our products. If this continues, our organic rice could be marketed in other parts of the U.S.”
Don Bosco MPC’s organic black, red and brown rice are grown at more than 500 hectares in the towns of M’lang, Tulunan, Midsayap and President Roxas in North Cotabato and Surallah in South Cotabato.
The organic rice produced by the Don Bosco MPC has already reached markets in Dubai, Hong Kong, Germany and the Netherlands.
Don Bosco MPC has certification from the Organic Certifying Center of the Philippines (OCCP). It is the first coop in the Philippines to receive international certification from Certification of Environmental Standar`ds (Ceres), a European-based certifying body. It has also been certified by the National Organic Program of the US Department of Agriculture.
08 May 2013 Published Date
The Philippines after 40 years will once again export rice, initially comprising of 35 metric tons (MT) of aromatic, long-grain and organic black rice bound for Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
Agriculture Secretary Proceso J. Alcala, who led the ceremonial send-off at the Manila Harbor Center yesterday (May 6, 2013), said the event is historic as it ushers in a new era in the country’s rice industry and the agriculture sector, in general.
“Ang okasyong ito ay makasaysayan at patunay lamang na kayang-kaya ng ating mga magsasaka ng maka-ani at maka-export ng kalidad na bigas patungong ibang bansa (This occasion is historic and indeed proves that Filipino farmers can produce and export quality rice to other countries),” Secretary Alcala said.
As the country is set to achieve rice sufficiency by end of this year, he said it is prudent to start eyeing the export market, particularly for fancy or aromatic, long-grain white varieties and organic colored and heirloom rice varieties, where Filipino farmers are competitive.
He said the initial rice export was a result of concerted efforts of farmers’ groups, the private sector, and the DA family all over the country.
“Ang pagluluwas natin ng bigas ngayon ay bunga ng maigting na pagtutulungan ng mga samahan ng mga magsasaka, pribadong sektor at mga pinuno at kawani ng Kagawaran ng Pagsasaka sa buong bansa,” Secretary Alcala said.
He said “The initial 35-MT shipment is comprised of 15 MT of organic black rice and 20 MT of ‘Jasponica’, or long-grain, aromatic white rice variety.
The black rice was produced by farmer-members of the Don Bosco Farmers’ Multi-Purpose Cooperative (DBFMPC), in Mlang, North Cotabato, in partnership with the Don Bosco Foundation for Sustainable Dev’t., Inc. (DBFSDI). The black rice was milled and packed at a DA-KOICA rice processing center in Matanao, Davao del Sur.
The Jasponica aromatic white rice was produced by farmers in Talavera, Nueva Ecija, who planted a commercial variety of SL Agritech.
The DA through its national rice program directorate coordinated the initial export rice shipment to Dubai with the Vegetable Importers, Exporters and Vendors Association (VIEVA).
Together with other DA family officials, regional directors, the private sector and farmers’ groups, Secretary Alcala also led the ceremonial send-off of 166 MT of shallots (or small red onions locally known as ‘lasona’) bound for Indonesia.
Another batch of 80 MT aromatic and heirloom rice varieties are set for export in succeeding months, said DA assistant secretary and national rice program coordinator Dante S. Delima.
”It is composed of 40 MT of long-grain, aromatic white rice bound for Hong Kong, and 40 MT of Cordillera heirloom rice to the United States,” he added.
Delima said the DA is also sending a trial shipment of 800 kilograms of black rice to the Netherlands.
The DA — in partnership with farmers’ groups and the private sector — is finalizing negotiations with other prospective buyers in Singapore, the Middle East and Africa.
“At the rate we are going, we are confident we could meet our self-imposed target of 100 metric tons of rice exports by the first half of the year,” Delima said
Among those present during the send-off ceremonies were: Atty. Miguel Varela, president of the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry; SL Agritech president and CEO Henry Lim Bon Liong; VIEVA president Lea Cruz; Romano Laurilla, general manager of DBFMPC; and Maria Helenita Gamela, executive director of DBFSDI.
Dozens of DA officials also graced the event, led by assistant secretaries Dante Delima and Salvador Salacup, National Food Authority Administrator Orlan Calayag, Director Eufemio Rasco of the DA-Philippine Rice Research Institute, Bureau of Plant Industry (BPI) Director Clarito Barron, High Value Crops Development Program (HVCDP) Director Jennifer Remoquillo, Agribusiness Marketing Assistance Service (AMAS) Director Leandro Gazmin, National Agribusiness Corporation (NABCOR) President Honesto Baniqued, and all the DA regional executive directors all over the country. [Original Article]
Philippines puts name in global rice map as Dona Maria is exported through French Carrefour and to Los Angeles, USA
December 5, 2014
The Philippines anticipates to put its name in the global rice map as “Dona Maria” premium rice is set to be exported in October at 156 metric tons (MT) through one of world’s largest retailer, the French Carrefour
SL Agritech Corp., (SLAC), producer of Dona Maria Jasponica and Miponica brown and white rice, is all set for a shipment of the Dona Maria hybrid rice for distribution in Carrefour retail chain in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
A separate, 19.5 MT of Dona Maria rice will also be shipped to Los Angeles, California by October.
A famous supermarket chain, Carrefour is known to be the world’s second largest retail group in terms of revenue, the second in profit just next to Wal-Mart. It is the largest retail group in Europe
The price is expected to be attractive for the country’s foreign exchange receipt and for farmers tilling the hybrid rice. It is being set at $1,250 per MT. Price of regular milled rice hovered at just $500 to $550 per MT in the international market.
“DA (Department of Agriculture) will not allow you to export at less than $1000 per ton. DA provided for us the opportunity to export rice when we shipped to Dubai the first time (last May),” said SLAC Chairman Henry Lim Bon Liong.
The shipment through Carrefour involves eight containers of around 20 MT per container. At this rate of 160 MT per month for Dubai alone, yearly shipment could reach to 1,920 MT.
If this volume of export can become consistent, it will be more than enough for the Philippines to hit the (DA) earlier export target of 200 MT by 2014.
The export volume for the Dubai and US markets are further hoped to increase.
Moreover, “This is just for market penetration,” said Donna T. Lim, SLAC assistant vice president-supply chain.
Its initial purchase order is for October to December arrival in Dubai.
The company has come up with a little different package for the Dubai market to attract Filipinos to patronize local farmers’ produce.
“Fifty percent (of the Dubai population) is Filipinos. They’re eating rice that is imported from Thailand. We did a little twist on our packaging to ask them to help support Filipino rice so they may support Filipino farmers,” said Lim.
For the export to Los Angeles, SLAC will be shipping through international trader Triple A.
The company also expects the distribution of Dona Maria through Carrefour to possibly reach other Asian and Middle East markets in the future. These may include Qatar, Saudi Arabia China, and Indonesia.
The international market has apparently developed an interest in Philippine rice as(DA) officially adopted a rice export strategy particularly for fancy rice. DA facilitated shipment of an initial 35 MT to Dubai, 15 MT to Kuwait and Hong Kong, and 11.55 MT to Germany, Hong Kong, Macau, Canada, and the Netherlands.
SLAC accounted for the export of 20 MT of Dona Maria Jasponica and Miponica brown and white rice during the May shipment.
“DA’s export has attracted the international market already. It has attracted the attention of big buyers, so Carrefour talked to us,” said Lim.
For any questions, please call Ms. Donna T. Lim, 02-813-7828; for interview requests, 0916-266-6604