Makati City, PHL – On May 11, UPL Philippines invited members of the press and select bloggers to discuss farmers’ safety and food security at Holiday Inn, Makati City. UPL is the 10th largest agrochemical company in the world, with 28 manufacturing plants in different countries and operations in all five continents.
About UPL Philippines
Since its establishment in 2012 as a subsidiary, UPL Philippines has been partnering with local distributors to provide innovative and cost-effective agrochemical products. As of the moment, their largest clients are the plantations and corporations in Mindanao, but they are looking at offering pest-control products for households in the near future.
UPL is a leading global producer of crop protection products, intermediates and specialty chemicals and other industrial chemicals. They offer insecticides, fungicides, herbicides, fumigants, and rodenticides to farmers in more than 120 countries around the world.
In 2014, UPL has been awarded one of the Top 50 Most Caring Companies, which is a reflection of their strong commitment to their employees, the environment, and to farmers.
A Few Personal Notes
What does this have to do with my blog? Well, I’ve never thought about food security and farmers’ safety before, as I’ve always lived in relative comfort in Metro Manila. However, traveling has exposed me to farming in more ways than one. In 2014, when I visited Mindanao, I saw how corporations have made a huge impact on farmers and indigenous peoples. In the same year, I visited an organic farm in La Trinidad, Benguet, where the owner shared his experiences and why he decided to switch to organic farming.
I know that some chemicals, when not handled properly, can be harmful (if not outright lethal) for humans. This is where UPL comes in. After attending their press conference, I learned that not all agrochemical companies are created equal.
UPL heavily invests in R&D to continuously innovate and find the most cost-effective agricultural solutions that are safe both for farmers and the environment. In addition, they also keep their prices at a reasonable level by spreading its manufacturing across many countries. More importantly, UPL continues to develop new products that are not only safer and more cost-efficient, they are also designing newer agrochemical products that combat the adverse effects of climate change. In the process, they are helping a lot of farmers all over the world.
I’m a person of simple tastes and wants. All I’ve ever wanted since I was 12 was to have my own room where I can display my notebook collection. When I was 16, I was content to stay in bed and write in my journal. At 22, I thought I needed nothing more than classical music and a bowl of spaghetti.