DA Sec. Alcala to Lead Opening of Agrilink 2015 Today

Secretary Proceso J. Alcala will be leading the Department of Agriculture’s (DA) participation in Agrilink Foodlink and Aqualink 2015, the country’s premiere international trade exhibit in agriculture, food and aquaculture, at the World Trade Center (WTC), Manila, at 9AM today, October 15.

Alcala has directed the DA and its bureaus and regional offices to address issues of agricultural sustainability, food security and international competitiveness in the context of the event’s theme, “Regional Agribusiness Development: Cornerstone of Inclusive Growth.” Like in previous years, Alcala sees Agrilink as an ideal platform to emphasize its core programs and promote the importance of enhancing focus on complimentary agricultural crops and agribusiness activities, which in turn improves the efficiency of value adding and supply chain. This year’s edition of Agrilink will also focus on the corn sector, underscoring its importance to food and feed security, and on Cagayan Valley (Region 2), the country’s top producer of corn.

Alcala will also open the Agrilink show today, together with House Representatives Mark L. Mendoza and Benjur L. Salimbangon, Leandro H. Gazmin, DA’s assistant secretary for agribusiness, French Ambassador Thierry Mathou, South Korean Ambassador Jae Shin Kim, Dutch Ambassador Marion Derckx, Foundation for Resource Linkage and Development (FRLD) board of directors and Isidro Acosta of Philippine Maize Federation and Regional Agriculture and Fisheries Council, Agrilink 2015’s chairman.

Other agribusiness organizations, Agrilink co-organizers and trade associations are also set to participate in the event, along with DA’s attached agencies, led by Assistant Secretary Leandro Gazmin, Bernadette San Juan of Agribusiness and Marketing Service Assistance (DA-AMAS), Atty. Asis G. Perez of the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR), Engr. Rex Bingabing of Philippine Center for Postharvest Development and Mechanization (PHILMECH), Dr. Nicomedez Eleazar of Bureau of Agricultural Research, Bureau of Animal Industry (BAI), Bureau of Agriculture and Fisheries Product Standards (BFAPS), Philippine Rice Research Institute (PhilRice), Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR), DA-Agricultural Training Institute and Korea Agricultural Machinery Industry Cooperative (KAMICO). Industry stakeholders and members of the diplomatic corps will be led in a tour of the exhibits showcasing the world’s best products, services, technologies and market trends in agribusiness, food and aquaculture.

Other special events at Agrilink would follow, such as live animal and plant display at the outdoor areas and WTC lobby as well as cooking demos and product launches at the indoor area. During the opening, BFAPS will be awarding Good Animal Husbandry Practices certifications to livestock and poultry farmers. On October 15, the National Onion Growers Cooperative Marketing Association (NOGROCOMA) will be doing a cooking demonstration at 11AM. At 1PM, Univet Nutrition and Animal Healthcare Company (UNAHCO) will launch its new campaigns for Vetracin, Jectran, Latigo, Bexan, Apralyte, Pigrolac, Early Wean and MamaPro. On October 16 at 10AM, Glorious Industrial will have a cooking demonstration using an alternative sweetener made from the stevia plant. At 1PM, Zoomanity/Paradizoo will have a live animal show while at 3PM Lourdes Rivera of Ultima Entrepinoy Forum Center will have a cooking demo and discuss the latest trends in meat processing. On October 17, Agri-Aqua Network International will have its annual Agri-Kapihan, promoting good agricultural practices to farmers in the countryside and hobbyists in the urban areas. Starting at 1PM, UNAHCO will be launching its dog food brand Yum Yum with a pop-up dog café.In order to maximize synergy with Aqualink, on October 17 BFAR will conduct a fishery-based industry forum for micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) at the Philippine Trade Training Center which is adjacent to WTC. The forum is expected to address challenges in export, market competition, access to raw materials, financial support, skills and technology among others.  BFAR will also business growth potentials for the Philippines as a major exporter of fishery products to the European market.

Seminars on October 15 are: farm mechanization technologies and machineries by KAMICO, “Maximizing Productivity and Efficiency of the Modern Sow” by UNAHCO, “Natugro-Natural Growing with Koppert” by Allied Botanical and business matching by the DA, from 1-3PM at Function Rooms Luna, Hidalgo, Amorsolo and Joya, respectively. From 3:30-5:30PM, the seminars will be PhilMech’s showcase of community-based processing center for coffee (Rm. Luna), BAR’s demonstration of village-type corn mill (Rm. Hidalgo), “Organic Farming Secrets and Turning Wastes into Profit” by Richfund International (Rm. Amorsolo), and “Liquid Feeding with Feedpro Natural Hog Feeds” by Pronatural Feed Corp. (Rm. Joya).

Seminars on October 16 are as follows: “Sustainable Duck Farming” and “Productive Layer Farming” by UNAHCO’s Sarimanok Poultry (Rm. Luna), “Technology and Innovation to Increase Profit in Agriculture, Aqua and Livestock Industry” by Vim-Vertex (Rm. Amorsolo), and “Unlocking South Africa’s Ocean Economy through Aquaculture Development” by the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries of South Africa (Rm. Joya), from 10:30AM-12:30PM. Seminars from 1-3PM are: “Efficient Agriculture via Plasticulture” by Macondray (Rm. Luna), a demonstration of climate control systems and tunnel ventilation by NextTech Resources (Rm. Amorsolo), and business matching forum by BFAR (Rm. Joya). From 3:30-5:30PM, Tateh/Santeh will be discussing sustainable milkfish and tilapia farming (Rm. Luna). From 10:30AM-5:30PM, DA will be having a series of seminars and investment forums on coir fiber, coconut processing, native chicken and energy production from biomass materials.

Meanwhile seminars on October 17 are: “Harnessing Microbiome for Agriculture, Health and Environment” by Trigonal Agritech Philippines (Rm. Luna), “Business Prospects in Organic Agriculture” by Organic Producer Trade Association and “Strengthening Organic Fertilizer Production as a Sunrise Industry” by Philippine Commercial Organic Fertilizer Producers Association (Rm. Amorsolo) and “Corn Production Utilization and Silage Conservation” by UPLB’s Postharvest Horticulture and Research Center (Rm. Joya), from 10:30AM-12:30PM. From 1-3PM, DA’s regional office for Cagayan Valley will discuss breeding OPV white corn varities and Hit10 technology on corn production (Rm. Luna) while the Cooperative Development Authority will highlight the role of cooperatives and business associations in the agricultural value chain (Rm. Amorsolo). DA will also a seminar on chicken tractors and locally manufactured multi-purpose driers (Rm. Joya). From 3:30-5:30PM, the DA will discuss the initiatives of local government units on the growth of corn industry in Isabela (Rm. Luna) while Nutriquest will have a seminar on plant nutrition (Rm. Amorsolo). The National Dairy Authority will have a seminar on dairy production and processing (Rm. Luna). From 10:30AM-5:30PM, the DA will have seminars and investment forum on honey wine making, virgin coconut oil production and opportunities to export in Japan and coir-based organic fertilizer production (Rm. Hidalgo).

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.