Agrilink 2015 to Hold Free Seminars on Food, Aquaculture, Poultry and Swine

Several agribusiness organizations will hold free seminars at Agrilink 2015, the country’s premier trade exhibition on agriculture, food and aquaculture, from October 15 to 17 at the World Trade Center, Pasay City. The seminars will feature the latest information and updates in related topics such as; farm mechanization, swine production, organic farming, feed management, duck and layer production, plasticulture, milkfish and tilapia farming, biomass production, organic fertilizer production and dairy production.

On October 15, the Korea Agricultural Machinery Industry Cooperative (KAMICO) will feature the latest innovations in mechanization in related agricultural crop sectors, post-harvest, manufacturing, processing, engineering, cooling and heating. With South Korea having already achieved a fully mechanized agricultural industry, KAMICO partners with the Department of Agriculture (DA) in technology transfer programs and assist in improving the technical capability of private agribusinesses. KAMICO also aims to develop more direct market linkages between Filipino farmers and producers in need of increased productivity and quality in their agricultural products, and South Korean stakeholders seeking their niche in the Philippine market.

On the same day, Ron Ryan Bustria of Univet Nutrition and Animal Healthcare Co. (UNAHCO) will discuss how to maximize productivity in swine production through nutrition and practical feeding management. Bustria noted that the development of effective sow diet programs is a key strategy to cope with higher nutritional requirements due to genetic improvement. Piglets today have higher growth potential and efficiency but success is highly dependent on proper sow management. The seminar will also provide research-based recommendations by Akey, a leading animal nutrition company in the US.While on October 16, Dr. Erwin Cruz of UNAHCO’s Sarimanok Poultry will have a technical workshop on sustainable duck farming, providing techniques that can help address common challenges faced by itik farmers while Dr. Jovicente Mapa of Sarimanok will give a seminar on layer farming, focusing on techniques to help layer flocks have a longer peak of production and persistent laying period.

Pronatural Feed Corporation will have seminar on liquid feeding on hogs. The discussion will focus on how fermenting natural hog feeds can increase the efficiency of the feed by allowing the stimulation of the feed’s probiotic elements. The seminar will also discuss natural hog raising, covering biosecurity practices and the use of natural feeds for backyard pig farmers. Meanwhile Beverly De Los Santos of Richfund International will showcase alternatives for higher harvests, healthier plants and bountiful produce through bio-organic fertilizers. Allied Botanical Corporation and Netherlands-based Koppert Biological Systems will provide a seminar on how to produce healthier and pest and disease-resilient crops from seed to fruit through application of natural extracts and beneficial microorganisms and less dependency on chemical inputs.

On October 16, Allan Si of Macondray will discuss how to increase productivity and quality of products through plasticulture, the use of plastic materials in agricultural applications. Si has cited its success in the cultivation and export of Cavendish bananas, and its use is currently being expanded to crop cultivation, fruit protection, pest management, water containment and environmental conservation. At the same time Santeh feeds will have a seminar on making milkfish and tilapia aquaculture an economically and environmentally sustainable through natural feed inputs.

On the same day Vim Vertex will discuss latest technologies and innovations in livestock and aquaculture industries in relation to use of inputs such as feeds, medications and antibiotics. Lisa Geswindt and Asanda Njobeni of the embassy of South Africa will present collaboration and investment opportunities for aquaculture development to investors, academia and research and development organizations. The discussion will focus on species and feed development, inland infrastructure, ranching systems, processing, labeling and marketing, and logistics.

On October 17 Trigonal Agritech Philippines through Angelito Abaoag of Singapore’s Interactive Microorganisms Laboratories will show how to harness microbiomes found in roots, compost heaps and animals in sustainably enhancing nutrient cycling, plant productivity and disease suppression. The University of the Philippines–Los Baños’ Postharvest Horticulture Training and Research Center will have a technical workshop on increased livestock productivity through corn silage feeds, utilization of corn at different stages of maturity and silage conservation using locally produced inoculants from carabao milk (kesong puti).

On the same day the Organic Producer Trade Association and Philippine Commercial Organik Fertilizer Producers Association will show business opportunities in organic agriculture and discuss production of organic fertilizers such as animal and plant by-products, compost, manure and seaweeds as a sunrise industry. Raymundo Ong of Nuriquest International will be discussing the use of trace elements and fertilizers in plant nutrition.

The DA will also have free seminars on dairy production, honey wine making, virgin coconut oil production for export to Japan, coir-based fertilizer and energy production from biomass materials. The National Development Company will discuss investment opportunities in agriculture, agribusiness and agrarian sectors while the Cooperative Development Authority will highlight the role of cooperatives and business associations in the agricultural value chain.

Aside from the free seminars, Agrilink 2015 will also feature local and international agricultural products, live animal and plant display and other special activities that will underscore the most up-to-date and ground-breaking inputs, technologies and alliances that will enhance the profitability, sustainability and productivity of the interdependent industries of agriculture, aquaculture and food.