IT’S OUR 25th EXHIBIT!
We’re quarter of a century—and counting! Every October for the past 25 years, people in the agribusiness have gathered to attend what is now Agrilink, the undisputed leader in agribusiness exhibition. Since 2000, the venue for the Agrilink has been the World Trade Center, Metro Manila. Each year, it unveils the best showcase of products, information, technologies, market linkages and promotions to the whole agribusiness community and the general public. Now on its 25th year, Agrilink celebrates with its biggest exhibit yet and one that features the entire value chain from farm inputs up to the retail markets!
AGRILINK: THE YEAR THAT WAS
Last year’s theme was “Improved Varieties and Postharvest Facilities: Essential to Profitability.” That theme focused on the fact that agricultural growth and development is not possible without yield-enhancing technological upgrades. Machines and equipment used to grade, wash, wax, sort, pack and store the products before they are brought to the market also, play a crucial role as the whole marketing chain is deemed essential for profitability.
The focus crop was fruits and focus region was Davao. Last year, Agrilink came full circle as it focused on Region XI, the same region where PIGLINK `94 started.
A total of 517 companies occupying 630 indoor and retail booths or an indoor exhibit area of 8,300 square meters for the main exhibition3,000 square meters for the retail area and 4,000 square meters for the outdoor exhibit. While most were local companies, there were also 63 companies occupying 65 booths or584 square meters occupied by foreign companies from 12 countries led by Korea, China, Thailand, Taiwan, Denmark, Japan, Malaysia, Germany, United Kingdom, Turkey, South Africa and Italy.
There were six (6) indoor pavilions: the Korea, China and BFAR Pavilions at the main exhibit area and PHILFOODEX, AANI and OPTA pavilions which were located at trhe retail area.
Total number of registered visitors was 27,000 over a three-day period, with an estimated 5% of first-day visitors who came back on the second and/or third day.
The Theme: “EFFICIENT VALUE CHAIN IN THE HOG INDUSTRY: A MUST FOR CONTINUED GROWTH”
It’s a farm-to-fork chain that begins with the hog raisers, mostly backyard producers and travels along
the entire production and marketing route. From hog dealers to processors, feedmillers, retailers, it ends
with the consumers who purchase pork and its value added products. Throughout this“ journey,” a competitive, efficient value chain is critical to ensure that the product reaches the final consumer in a cost effective manner. Experts say that in order to be efficient, production and marketing practices ought to be standardized and be consistent in order that pork products are consistently of high quality. Each phase in the value chain has to be studied in order to identify the gaps that lead to inefficiency and substandard quality products. For example, the professionalization of our agricultural system through research, education and farm extension services are seen to as ways to improve the efficiency of our current pork value chain.
Focus on Hogs and Region 3
Central Luzon, designated as Region 3, is composed of seven provinces: Aurora, Bataan, Bulacan, Nueva Ecija, Pampanga, Tarlac and Zambales. The region contains the largest plain in the country earning itself the title of “Rice Granary of the Philippines.” Aside from rice, it is also the leading producer of hogs and a leader in the pork value chain. According to the Philippine Statistics Authority, in July 2017, the total swine inventory was recorded at 12.52 million heads. Of this figure, CentraL Luzon recorded the biggest share of swine inventory at 17.05%.
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