CPF invests in huge grain terminal project
With animal feed prices rising sharply, Charoen Pokphand Foods Plc (CPF) is
developing its animal-feed operation in Nakorn Ratchasima as a grain terminal
with a storage capacity of 200,000 tons, in order to benefit from the plentiful
maize production in the northeastern provinces.
The grain terminal project, the company's biggest integrated feed operation
with a capacity to produce 1.2 million tons of poultry feed a year, is part of
CPF's integrated farm to food processing chicken operation production complex,
says Virote Kumpeera, CPF senior vice-president, adding that the silo and grain
elevators constructed with slipform technology will also be used to build more
CPF animal-feed plants in both Malaysia and Vietnam.
If there is a
"problem", he says, it has to do with "rising maize prices" – up from 9-10 baht
per kilo last month (June), to currently 11 baht, but still ahead of the US
market's export price of 14 baht, sold to Asian countries.
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