Department of Agriculture to Lead Opening of Agrilink 2016 Today

Evelyn Lavina, undersecretary for agribusiness and high-value crops, will be leading the Department of Agriculture’s (DA) participation in AgrilinkFoodlink and Aqualink 2016, the country’s premiere international trade exhibit in agriculture, food and aquaculture, at the World Trade Center, Pasay City, at 9AM today, October 6.

Secretary Emmanuel Pinol has directed the DA and its bureaus and regional offices to address issues of sustainability, food security, global competitiveness and agricultural resiliency in the context of the event’s theme, Negros, A Model of Agribusiness Resiliency.” As in previous years, the DA sees Agrilink as an ideal platform to emphasize its core programs and projects, and promote the importance of an integrated focus on the chain of 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 sugar industry, especially the muscovado sugar, highlighting its growth and export potential.

The DA will be joined by senators Francis Pangilinan and Cynthia Villar, House Representatives Jose Panganiban and Luis Ferrer IV, Leandro H. Gazmin, DA’s assistant secretary for agribusiness, ambassadors Marion Derckx (Netherlands), Thierry Mathou (France), Zhao Jianhua (South Korea), Kok Li Peng (Singapore), Safdar Hayat (Pakistan) and Martin Slabber (South Africa), and Foundation for Resource Linkage and Development (FRLD) board of directors.

Other agribusiness organizations, Agrilink co-organizers and trade associations are also set to participate in the event, along with the DA’s attached agencies, led by Leandro H. Gazmin, DA’s assistant secretary for agribusiness, Eduardo Gongona, director of the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR), Dr. NicomedesEleazar, executive director of the Bureau of Agricultural Research, ureau 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, 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 Pigrolac. On October 7, Zoomanity/Paradizoo will have a live animal show while Lourdes Rivera of UltimaEntrepinoy Forum Center will have a cooking demo and discuss the latest trends in meat processing. On October 8, 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 and pet care brand.

Seminars on October 6 are: rice mechanization technologies and machineries by KAMICO, “Practical Application to Maximize Piglet Performance” by UNAHCO’s Pigrolac, “Ventilation and Air Treatment in Poultry and Pig Farming” by Seven-L Agrifood Systems, and “Unlocking the Commercial Potential of Miracle Fruit” and latest trends on sugarcane by the Postharvest Horticulture and Research Center, from 1-3PM at Function Rooms Luna, Hidalgo, Amorsolo and Joya, respectively. From 3:30PM to 5:30PM, the seminars will be: “Crop Insurance: A Way Forward to Alleviate Production Risks” and “Sugar and Fair Trade” by representatives from the Negros Island Region (Rm. Luna); “Homemade Remedies from Herbs and Spices,” “Indigenous Crops in the Philippines,” “Edible Landscaping” and “Mushroom Production in Bicol” by BAR (Rm. Hidalgo); “Philippine Salad Innovation” and “Ornamental Varieties to Enrich Your Life” by Allied Botanical Corp. (Rm. Amorsolo); and the “Past, Present and Future of the Hog Industry” by the National Federation of Hog Farmers (Rm. Joya).

From 10:30AM to 5:30NN on October 7, the DA will have an informational session on how to do agribusiness in free trade areas, promote the business opportunities on edible landscaping, as well as a recent innovation on fuel energy called green charcoal (Rm. Luna). From 10:30AM to 12:30NN, Vim Vertex will discuss the Philippine Atovinano-technology and its impact on the profit margin of livestock and aqua growers (Rm. Hidalgo); the South African embassy will discuss an overview of and opportunities in South African fresh fruit sector (Rm. Amorsolo; while the Organic Producers Trade Association (OPTA) will discuss how to maximize profit by implementing good marketing strategies for organic products. From 1-5:30PM at Rm. Hidalgo, Trigonal Agritech will discuss innovations in swine and poultry production, focusing on nutrition, fly control, odor removal and waste management; while Prime Agritech will have a seminar on how to boost poultry breeder performance. From 1-3PM at Rm. Amorsolo, Macondray will discuss the latest technologies in plasticulture, or the use of plastics in the agricultural production chain.

Meanwhile seminars on October 8 are: an agribusiness investment forum by DA-AMAS, discussing business opportunities in on free-range chicken and mushroom, as well as providing latest information on food business regulations, from 10:30AM–5:30PM (Rm. Luna); “Intensive Vannamei Culture 101” by Tateh Aqua and “Postharvet Cleaning and Drying Solutions” by the Buhler Group (Rm. Hidalgo); “Kapihan at Sarimanukan: Poultry Raising’s Measures of Performance and Success” by UNAHCO’s Sarimanok, and “Odorless Cemented Piggery” by Feed Pro (Rm. Amorsolo). On the same day, the Philippine Fisheries Associon will discuss the current outlook of the country’s fisheries and aquaculture industries, the new plans and programs of BFAR, and the strategies that can be used to cope with climate change (Rm. Joya). From 3:30-7PM, BFAR will be conducting its 3rd fisheries business matching for fisherfolk, producers, traders and private stakeholders.

Aside from the free seminars, Agrilink2016 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.