24 YEARS OF AGRILINK!
Yes, it has been 24 years since Piglink `94 kicked off in Davao City. And what was once conceived to be a livestock show grew and expanded into the country’s biggest and most respected leader in agribusiness exhibition. For the past 24 years, the organizers of Agrilink have been pulling off wonderful surprises showcasing the best of agricultural products, information, technologies, market linkages and promotions to the whole agribusiness community and the general public. This year, Agrilink comes full circle as it focuses on Region XI, the same region where Piglink `94 started, and also known as the fruit basket of the country. With its timely and relevant theme “Improved Varieties and Postharvest Facilities: Essential to Profitability,” Agrilink makes another innovative move as it presents an exciting show that is sure to surprise yet again its loyal followers!
AGRILINK: THE YEAR THAT WAS
Last year, the Agrilink’s theme was “Negros Island: A Model of Agribusiness Resiliency” it focused on the need to rise above the challenges to include ASEAN competition and the threats of climate change to agriculture. In line with the year’s theme and focus on sugar, the organizing committee chose Ms. Rosemarie S. Gumera, Manager III, Planning and Policy Department of the Sugar Regulatory Administration to deliver the overview of the sugar industry during the opening program.
A total of 376 companies exhibited occupying 639 indoor, retail and outdoor booths or an indoor exhibit area of 8,300 square meters for the main exhibition, 3,000 square meters for the retail area and 4,000 square meters for the outdoor exhibit. While most exhibitors were comprised of local companies, there were also 30 companies occupying 37 booths or 414 sqm of foreign companies coming from Korea, China, Thailand, Taiwan, Denmark, Japan, Malaysia, Germany, United Kingdom and Turkey.
There were three indoor pavilions: the Korean Pavilions at the main exhibit area and PHILFOODEX and AANI Pavilions in the retail area. In the retail area, the Department of Agriculture had 30 regional booths while BFAR provided booths for 32 companies.
Total number of registered visitors was 25,065 over a three-day period. An estimated 5% of first-day visitors came back on the second and third days.
The Theme: IMPROVED VARIETIES and POSTHARVEST FACILITIES: ESSENTIAL to PROFITABILITY
Adopting improved crop varieties is one way for farmers to increase their productivity and incomes. Research from international agricultural organizations reveal that agricultural growth and development is not possible without yield-enhancing technological options, because merely expanding the area under cultivation to meet increasing food needs of growing populations is no longer sufficient. Improved crop varieties are more tolerant to plant pests and diseases
and were developed to withstand extreme weather conditions like drought and floods. However, once harvested, improved crop varieties still need to be handled properly in order to reach the consumers at its highest quality. This is where postharvest facilities come in. The machines and equipment used to grade, wash, wax, sort, pack and store the products before they are brought to the market play a very important role in the whole marketing chain and are thus deemed essential to profitability. There is also the need for processing and value adding to maximize use of seasonal supply.
Focus on fruits and Region XI
Philippine Region XI, Davao Region, comprises five provinces: Davao del Norte, Compostela Valley, Davao del Sur,
Davao Oriental and Davao Occidental, and an independent Davao City clustered around the Davao Gulf. The region includes four other cities plus 44 municipalities, with a population of 4,893,318 according to the 2015 Census of Population. The region is also known to be one of the world’s leading producers and exporters of banana, papaya, mangosteen, and even flowers. Its rich fertile volcanic soil makes it most suitable for sustained production of the freshest and tastiest tropical fruits in the Philippines. Since the fruits are locally produced, the prices are comparably much cheaper than anywhere in the country.
Agricultural Chemicals, Animal Housing and Breeding, Animal Health and Nutrition, Aquaculture Equipment and Inputs, Communication and Information Technology, Dairy Products, Equipment and Machinery, Facilities on Cooking and Storage, Facilities on Postharvest, Feed Ingredients, Feedmilling, Fertilizers and Pest Management, Financial Institutions, Fishery products, Food Ingredients and Additives, Food Packaging, Food Processing, Fruits and Vegetables, Greenhouses and Nurseries, Horticulture Inputs, Meat Products, Organic Farming and Hydroponics, Publications, Research and Consultancy, Seeds and Planting Materials, Irrigation Systems, Transport and Logistics, Waste Management