From October 6 to 8, Belmont Agricorp will be showcasing its latest equipment and technologies at the country’s largest and internationally recognized trade exhibit on agriculture, food and aquaculture: Agrilink, Foodlink and Aqualink 2016, to be held at the World trade Center, Pasay City. The event’s theme for this year, which will highlight the resilience of the agriculture industries of the Negros Island Region (Negros Occidental and Negros Oriental), is in line with Belmont’s commitment to strengthen the agricultural supply and value chains through sustainable mechanization technologies, particularly in the poultry and swine sectors.
Belmont is one of the country’s major supplier and distributor of agricultural equipment and technologies. In addition to their incubators, feeders and waterers, brooders and ventilation equipment, they also carry ventilation equipment for industrial application–both positive and negative pressure.
Tony Magno, Belmont’s Vice President of Marketing said, “For over 38 years, our technologies have been utilized by big and small farmers. We represent leading companies and equipment lines from around the world. We have been helping our stakeholder partners in the country address the overall performance of their farms by improving their farms’ production, bio-security and sustainability. As a result, they have consistently produced high-quality products, achieved better output, sustained a more stable revenue, became more competitive in the market, and improved the value adding and supply chain of their agricultural products.”
For instance, Belmont’s tunnel ventilation systems for poultry houses, which utilize fiberglass cone fans, improve air quality and remove excess heat, humidity, dusts and harmful odors and gases such as carbon dioxide and ammonia. By controlling the climate of the poultry farms, the birds are given more free oxygen needed for their growth. This effectively enables higher bird density by up to 35%, minimizes mortality and ensures better return-on-investment. A testament to the success of this technology is Belmont’s longstanding partnership with San Miguel Foods, Inc., which continues to be one of the market leaders in poultry products.
Magno added, “As we continually improve the performance and efficiency of our broiler production, Belmont is introducing a new high-capacity fan which will give an additional cfm (cubic feet per minute) for high-density poultry houses. Belmont dramatically changed the concept of minimum ventilation, taking aside the high humidity environment of chicken houses by introducing a new controller made in Israel. It has a USB port for easy programming and with touch screen features.”
Belmont has also made improvements on their feeding systems, which now has automatic shutter valve systems and an electronic feed sensor to avoid overflow of feeds at each line. Also, Belmont made a lower pan to adopt it to our local system of slat floorings so day-old birds can eat on it and get rid of chicks and supplemental feeders.
Belmont also has ventilation systems for piggeries. Although the farming practice is relatively the same, improvements have been made, as pig farms are now constructed with a pit where there is water underneath. They have taken into account the many factors in setting up bigger and modernized tunnel-ventilated pig farms by arranging five-fan ventilation and automatic feeding systems. This set-up promotes the growth of the pigs and significantly reduces the environmental impact of their wastes and by-products. This technology is currently utilized by Monterey and agribusiness associations in Southern Luzon.
Magno said, “Belmont is supporting Agrilink’s theme this year by showcasing efficient, cost-effective and environmentally sustainable farm mechanization technologies that will improve animal productivity, reduce losses and provide economies of scale for our farmers. In turn, we strengthen the marketing process, enable the supply and value chain to run more efficiently and ultimately enhance our competitiveness in the ASEAN region and beyond. Investing in these technologies also benefit the consumers, by way of safe and quality food products. Moreover, control of costs means stable food products and prices which help market linkages.”