Takashi Sumi – CEO Magazine

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As one of the oldest and largest chemical fertilizer manufacturing companies in the Philippines, Atlas Fertilizer Corporation is playing a critical role in the country’s agricultural development.

Atlas Fertilizer Corporation has a long history of almost 60 years in the Philippines. It is the only company of its kind to have coverage of the entire country, working with the local farming communities to help them improve their crops and increase yields. A subsidiary of Sojitz Corporation, Atlas is able to leverage off of its mother company’s expertise and technology to deliver the most value to its customers. It only produces pure chemical mixtures for its fertilisers and this gives it a unique point of difference in the marketplace. Takashi Sumi has been overseeing Atlas’s operations as CEO since 2012. He says that despite the Philippines being a challenging environment to work in, it is a rewarding one. “Our mission statement is to continuously contribute to agriculture in the Philippines,” he explains. “Our goal is to do this through our quality farm practices. The Philippines is not the richest country, it is still developing. More than 40 per cent of the poverty ratio in the country belongs to rural poverty but 90 percent of the rural poverty is really in the agriculture and fisheries sectors. And nearly half of the working population is doing something related to agriculture. What we have to think about is how we can help these poor farmers to increase their crop yields so they can provide a more comfortable life for their families. We can do that by helping them with proper fertilisation and agriculture technology.”

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