Agrilink 2016 to Feature South Korean Farm Mechanization Technologies

FitCorea Philippines Inc. will bring together South Korean firms to join the Philippines’ premier international trade exhibit on agriculture, aquaculture and food, slated October 6 to 8 at the World Trade Center. Now on its 23rd year, Agrilink 2016 theme is “Negros, a Model of Agribusiness Resiliency,” and will highlight the strength and sturdiness of the agricultural industries of Negros Occidental and Negros Oriental (Negros Island Region) through an improved and integrated focus on the chain of agribusiness activities—from production inputs, the use of new and appropriate technologies, value adding, market diversification, strategic product development, retailing, and marketing.

The Korean Pavilion reflects the resilient bilateral trade and investment in the country, which totaled $3.32 billion during the first semester of 2015, placing South Korea as one of the top trade partners of the country. Increased Philippine export includes coconut oil products, banana, mango, corn silage and other animal feedstock as well as chicken and duck meat, while increased South Korean investments in the Philippines include irrigation, food production and processing as well as feed manufacturing.

Philip Kim, FitCorea’s president said, “The company is the local representative of KAMICO (Korea Agricultural Machinery Industry Cooperative), and we are actively engaged in uplifting the farming systems in the Philippines through the promotion of mechanization technologies.” He added that FitCorea is committed to helping farmers achieve better profit with less labor through farm mechanization.

Agrilink’s theme is in line with FitCorea’s slogan, “Farmers are our Future.” Kim said that as the Negros Island has a considerable farming sector, the use of new and appropriate technologies is key in order to sustain its growth and be globally competitive. Kim added, “South Korea already has a 100% mechanized agricultural industry, and so over the years FitCorea has been taking big leaps in exploring opportunities not only in educating Filipino farmers on the use of modern technologies, but also in becoming more mechanized. We tie up with the Department of Agriculture (DA), various farmer associations as well as NGOs to help accelerate the implementation of government-funded projects in several regions in the Philippines. We also conduct technology transfer programs to help agribusinesses reduce post-harvest losses and upgrade the technical skills of their manpower.”

FitCorea supplies and distributes machineries used for plowing, cultivating, seeding, transplanting, harvesting, drying and milling. It also has post-harvest equipment such as mills, dryers, rotators and power harrows for crops such as rice, corn and sugarcane. It also supplies various machineries that includes walking and riding transplanters and tractors, hydraulic rotavator for soil tilling, power seeder and weeder, combine harvester, and recirculating and multi-purpose dryers.

Kim added that FitCorea’s latest venture is a South Korean technology for planting and harvesting onions. The equipment, according to Kim, can handle more hectares of onion in the field. The company is also pushing its partner manufacturers on further feasibility studies in terms of producing and inventing machineries that are appropriate for local agribusinesses, particularly food production, and technologies suitable to the various conditions of farms in the Philippines. An agricultural mechanization support program is also under way in collaboration with an agriculture group in Vietnam. It is also currently finishing the building of a rice processing complex in one the country’s provinces.

An exhibitor of Agrilink for over 10 years, FitCorea and many other South Korean firms under KAMICO will feature the latest innovations in related industry sectors—from food, post-harvest, manufacturing, processing, engineering, machineries and equipment, cooling, heating and energy solutions and water supply. FitCorea and KAMICO also aim to establish more direct market linkages between Filipino farmers and producers in need of increased productivity and quality in their products while helping South Korean stakeholders find their niche in the Philippine market.