Charoen Pokphand Group and its subsidiaries have developed and implemented a system to trace the origin of corn used in the production of animal feed since 2017.
This system ensures 100% of corn is derived from forest encroachment and stubble burning. The company says by promoting good agricultural practices, this effort will contribute to the conservation of forests and the reduction of dust.
Paisarn Kruawongvanich, CEO of CP Group’s Feed Ingredients Trading Business Group (FIT) said CP Group adheres to establishing a sustainable food production system and is committed to responsible sourcing of raw materials to used in animal feed production of Charoen Pokphand Foods, an agro-industrial and food conglomerate headquartered in Thailand.
Kruawongvanich said ensuring that key raw material procurement can be traced and does not encroach on forest areas keeps in the company in line with its "No forest [encroachment], no [crop] burning, we buy" policy.
CP Group noted it opposes the cultivation of maize for animal feed that may cause wildfires and slash-and-burn activities at the cultivated areas. The company has developed a corn feed traceability system to purchase corn that can be traced to land areas with title deeds and without forest invasions.
"We have collaborated with all parties to implement this system to ensure that corn used for animal feed can be traced, and we have improved the system by incorporating a satellite imaging technology that can detect burning planting plots so that we can jointly manage the problem effectively,” Kruawongvanich explained.
In addition to the corn traceability system, CP Group prioritizes the quality of life of smallholder corn growers by implementing the "Self-Sufficient Farmers, Sustainable Corn" project since 2016.
This project aims to share plantation knowledge and techniques with corn farmers to increase output and quality while simultaneously reducing dust generated by agriculture. This project also encourages corn farmers to practice sustainable agriculture and avoid crop burning.
Seed dealer committed to sustainability
Sumeth Pinyosnit, CEO of Crop Integration Business Group (CPP), a producer and distributor of corn seeds in Thailand, said that the company is committed to operating business with socially and environmentally responsible and stand against growing corn in the conservation forests and areas without legal documents.
The company opposes any activities being involved in crop burning.
Since 2008, the company has announced its commitment and taken stringent measures to stop activities with seed dealers who were found engaging in forest encroachment, planting on land without legal deeds and crop burning. Along with the measure, the company has implemented a "Farm Pro" project to encourage and support smallholder farmers who growing maize on legally licensed land to enhance their efficiency and productivity and eliminating crop stubble burning.
The company is ongoing collaborating with experts to find the solution to create value of stubble in a bid to address wildfire and dust PM2.5 issues in the long run.