Cargill CEO Greg Page today reaffirmed Cargill’s
commitment to Vietnam while visiting Ha Nam Province where he toured Cargill’s
newest feed mill and inaugurated the 55th Cargill Cares School.
Built to serve the growing customer demand for
quality feed, Cargill’s newest feed mill in the Dong Van 2 Industrial Zone, Duy
Tien district, will produce animal feed for livestock with the latest manufacturing
technology and advanced international standards for feed and industrial safety.
The feed mill will begin production by the third quarter of this year, bringing
the total number of Cargill feed mills in Vietnam to nine. This investment in
Ha Nam follows the company’s acquisition of a shrimp feed mill in Tien Giang
Province in November 2011.
“Cargill is proud to have served our customers in
Vietnam for the past 17 years. Our recent investment in animal nutrition is a
sign of our continued commitment to the success of our esteemed customers and
to fostering the economic growth of Vietnam. We see a very bright future in
Vietnam as we prosper together with local farmers and producers in the
livestock and aqua industry, as well as our valued dealers and suppliers,”
Cargill also celebrated the opening of the 55th Cargill
Cares School - the Duc Ly Kindergarten in the Ly Nhan district.Cargill
employees, suppliers and customers raised USD 70,000 (approximately 1.45
billion VND) to build the school over the past two months. The kindergarten
will benefit 150 children from low-income families in the district.
“Education is one of the most important
contributions we can make to a growing country like Vietnam with a high
population of young people. Our 55th school signifies the
focused, long-term commitment of our Vietnamese employees to enriching local
communities and improving lives every day,” said Page. “I am proud to say that
by 2015, we aim to build 75 schools benefitting a total of 17,000 children.”
Under the umbrella of Cargill Cares, an employee-led
initiative, Cargill started its ambitious school building initiative in Vietnam
in 1997. Since then, Cargill has built 55 schools throughout the country
benefitting over 12,000 children, with total funding amounting to USD 2.75
million (approximately 60 billion VND).
The government of Vietnam recently recognized
Cargill’s contributions to the country by awarding Cargill Vietnam the Golden
Dragon Award 2011 on 3 March 2012. In addition, Cargill Vietnam was awarded the
Labor Medal by the President of Vietnam in 2009. This award honors foreign
direct investment enterprises that have made significant contributions to
Vietnam's economic and social development.
29 March, 2012.