By PR | 11:33 AM November 18, 2022
Alturas Group of Companies, a highly-diversified and integrated retail, tourism, commercial and agro-industrial conglomerate in Bohol, marks another milestone with the launch of the third Marcela Farms feed mill.
The new multi-story structure incorporates top-of-the-line Dutch company Van Aarsen International equipment. With an output capacity of 30 tons per hour, it is considered among Asia’s few large-scale feed mills.
The automated feed production line takes care of the intake, grinding, mixing, pelleting, and bagging of animal and aqua feeds. It serves the dietary requirements of all Marcela Farms’ livestock and aqua operations while utilizing efficient waste management.
“We have been in the agri business for forty years, and it is a crucial part of the success of the Alturas Group. The farm is our main source of livestock for Alturas Malls, providing consistent and high-quality produce for Bohol, Cebu, and other areas,” said Marlito Uy, Marcela Farms CEO during the ribbon-cutting ceremony.
He was joined by Governor Aris Aumentado, Ubay Mayor Constantino Reyes, and Barangay Lomangog Captain Felix Cutamora.
Marcela Farms serves the food needs – hogs, chicken, eggs, prawns, fish, and rice of the province and institutional customers all over the country and abroad.
“This project will also help us in our pursuit of agricultural development in our province. Through this we can aim for a higher production of hog and poultry feeds that will make us a primary reserve of the said product,” said Bohol Governor Aris Aumentado.
Alongside local food security, Marcela Farms believes that sustainability through environmental protection is a must. It supports the Alturas Group’s commitment to sustainable practices and technology.
To reduce its carbon footprint, the company operates the biggest solar farm project in Bohol, with a combined capacity of two megawatts. The excess power is delivered to the local grid as part of the government’s net metering scheme.
Marcela Farms also has a biomass facility responsible for compacting 100% rice hulls used as solid biofuel for industrial plant boilers and as bedding for poultry breeding sites.
Moreover, its organic fertilizer facility has an operating capacity of at least 350 bags a day, while its rendering facility converts 100% poultry plant waste into protein meal for feeds.
Marcela Farms also had the first certified animal-waste biogas in Southeast Asia in 2012. Two biogas installations are currently operational – one supplies 1.5 megawatts for the hog farm, and the other provides methane fuel for plant boilers.
Marcela Farms is part of the Alturas Group of Companies, a forerunner in developing Bohol’s vibrant economy.
As the group approaches its 50th Anniversary in 2023, it brings forward values unique to the brand, anchored on Strategic, Sustainable Progress and in line with its main slogan, “Serving the community, Uplifting Lives.”