To kick off the Rice Bucket Challenge, Lim
announced during his
birthday last Sept. 4, that he
would give rice buckets to 5,000 poor families.
also gave all employees of Sterling Paper Group of Companies
a packet of brown rice each and subsequently challenged them to participate in the Rice Bucket Challenge by giving a packet of rice to the most needy in their neighborhood, share a picture of the deed on Facebook
(one need not show one's face) with the hash tag #RiceBucketChallengeph, and inviting as many friends to like the picture and encourage them to do the same by posting "How to Participate."
Every year thereafter, on his
birth month, Lim
has pledged to repeat the undertaking.
Last Friday, an initial 100 poor families received a five-kilo bucket of Doña Maria Brown Rice.
"Many of our fellow Filipinos are poor and hardly have enough to buy rice.
How much more partake of brown rice that is rich in fiber, calcium, potassium, B-complex and manganese that are all essential for a healthy body?
"A lack in nutrition may result to a weak labor and workforce.
We hope to start the awareness that such nutritious rice is very much within reach to everyone," he
It keeps the mother's energy levels up and provides the calories needed to make the best-quality milk for the baby", according to Lim
This single drop when simultaneously done by many can have the ripple effect, making an ocean of difference," Lim
, Tanchanco said, is a Filipino who loves his country and intends to stay rooted in the Philippines for the rest of his life.
Doña Maria rice, named after Henry Lim's
late visionary mother, is mainly produced in a farm in Davao Oriental through contract-growing.
"It's so ironic, we sell seeds to Vietnam but buy rice from them," laments Henry Lim
will also be the rite's commencement speaker.
While hybrid rice seeds in the Philippines only account for around five-six percent of the country's rice area of around three million hectares, Lim
has spearheaded technology information that could expand the area.
He just led the development of a new rice variety, SL-18H, that gives a rice yield of a relatively stable seven to 10 MT per hectare.
This is two to three times higher than the yield from inbred rice of three to four MT per hectare.
The introduction over the last two cropping seasons of SL-18H is a continuing effort through science and technology of Lim
to give farmers better income and livelihood.
"SL-18 is the only variety now that can exceed the yield of our first hybrid rice variety (SL-8H)," Lim
Despite initial criticisms against hybrid rice and SL-8H, Lim
persisted on showing farmers that hybrid rice is a technology that could pluck them out from abject poverty.
has persuaded farmers that they only need 15 to 20 kilos of good hybrid seeds.
This can well take the place of 50 to 80 kilos of inbred seeds and adequately earn for them an income two times that from inbreds.
Hybrids are a product of the breeding of two superior parents with outstanding traits like disease resistance, delicious taste and aromatic-smelling, and anti-lodging (resistance against wind) quality.
own money of at least P100 million for the 40-hectare hybrid rice experimental farm that he
put up in Brgy.
put in a few hundred million peso more for the experiments to come up with a tropical weather-suited hybrid rice that has so far then been proven workable only in temperate zones as in China.
even took the risk against his
own life as he
traveled to conflict-ridden farms in Mindanao as the company put up its seed production in Banay banay, Davao Oriental.
By that time two million hectares must be planted to SLAC hybrid rice varieties," said Lim
declined to say how much rice the company expects to produce from the plantation, saying only that the output "will be used for domestic supply because we want to support the government's self-sufficiency program."
We will decide [if we will do the IPO] after our fiscal calendar, which ends in May," Lim
"If not, we may try do it next year," he
said that SL Agritech hopes to get 10 percent to 15 percent of the P450-billion rice industry, adding that they are now focused in expanding hybrid rice production both here and abroad.
The executive also noted that he
has been approached by various underwriters for the IPO.
yesterday said, however, that SL Agritech
has identified at 2,000 hectares to 3,000 hectares of cultivation areas in Iloilo
"Iloilo rice lands ready for planting.
In Mindanao, it will take time and we are trying to fast-track it," he
said, noting that the produce will be allocated for domestic consumption.
"This is to support our rice self-sufficiency goals," he
A preliminary investment of $10 million is allotted to the joint venture, according to Lim
"When we met with MVP, he
said they've been in agriculture with 1.5 million hectares in Indonesia planted to palm oil and rubber.
So of course they won't stop at 1,000 hectares (in the Philippines)," said Lim
will provide the technology, the hybrid rice variety seeds, together with the technical assistance," he
"It will be a very good tie-up with Metro Pacific's
financial muscle and SL Agritech's
We'll go to the next step of firming our relationship," he
But we told them it's hard to find a big area right away, so we're starting with just 1,000," Lim
Planting will start as soon as the area is made available by PADCC, he
said the partnership will also involve coordination with local government units (LGU) which can aid farmers through financing or some type of subsidy for hybrid rice.
Mr. Lim is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the SL Agritech Corp. (SLAC), the leading research development and production of superior hybrid rice in the country.
will address the 415 graduating University students at the Sofia Soller Sinco Hall at 3 p.m., which will be covered live on SkyCable and Fil Products Cable TV.
address is expected to touch on modern trends in business and agriculture.
SL Agritech Corp. has been sponsoring hybrid rice harvest festivals all over the country to promote the benefits of hybrid rice technology to boost farm productivity, according to Henry Lim, the firm's president and chief executive officer (CEO).
said 10 other rice harvest festivals are scheduled to be held in May this year.
"We are indeed happy to note that more and more farmers in many parts of the country are now planting our high-yielding hybrid rice seed variety, notably our SL-8H and using the latest farming technology," Lim
"We can't rely solely on traditional inbred seeds variety," he
said, adding that "while we are all aware of the important role played by technology in our massive food production efforts, there is the need for all of us to keep abreast with the various technological approaches and to continuously be in search of new and better systems toward increased productivity.
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Among those present during the festival, which has for its theme "Mula sa Kawalan Tungo sa Kaunlaran," and attended by over 350 farmers and community leaders, were Henry Lim, SL Agritech chairman and CEO; former Food Minister and NFA Adminsitrator Jesus Tanchanco; and Fr. Ed de la Torre, representing Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala.
Encouraged by the benefits of hybrid rice technology, Lim
said several Asian countries have already been using his
firm's rice technology - Myanmar, Cambodia, Brunei, Nigeria, Malaysia and Bangladesh
including Vietnam, where, he
said, "we import billions of pesos worth of rice every year.
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