South Korean Firms Showcase Farm Mechanization Technologies

MANILA, Philippines – FitCorea Trading Phils. Inc. will bring together South Korean firms in this year’s edition of the country’s biggest and premier agricultural trade show.

AGRILINK 2016, slated on Oct. 6 to 8 at the World Trade Center, will highlight the strength of the agricultural industries of the newly-formed Negros Island Region (Negros Occidental and Oriental).

South Korea is one of the trade partners of the Philippines with bilateral trade and investments between the two countries hitting $3.32 billion in the first semester of 2015, driven by growing Phil exports of coconut oil products, banana, mango, corn silage and other animal feedstock as well as chicken and duck meat.

Increased South Korean investments were noted in  irrigation, food production and processing as well as feed manufacturing.

FitCorea president Philip Kim  said: “The company is the local representative of KAMICO (Korea Agricultural Machinery Industry Cooperative), that is actively engaged in uplifting the farming systems in the Phl thru the promotion of mechanization technologies.”

Kim added that his company is committed to helping farmers achieve better profit with less labor thru farm mechanization.

He said the Negros Island has a considerable farming sector, hence, the use of new and appropriate technologies is the key in order to sustain its growth and be globally competitive.

South Korea already has a 100 percent mechanized agricultural industry.

Over the years FitCorea has  taken big leaps in exploring opportunities not only in educating Filipino farmers on the use of modern technologies, but also in becoming more mechanized.

The company has entered into partnerships with the Dept. of Agriculture, various farmers associations and several NGO to help accelerate the implementation of government-funded projects and also conducts technology transfer programs to assist agribusinesses reduce post-harvest  losses and upgrade the technical skills of their manpower.

It 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 like rice, corn and sugarcane.

Kim said the company also supplies machineries such as walking and riding transplanters and tractors, hydraulic rotavator for soil tilling, power seeder and weeder, combine harvester and circulating multi-purpose dryers.

Part of the long-term plan is to push partner manufacturers to do  further feasibility studies in terms of producing  and  inventing  machineries  that are  applicable for  local agribusinesses, particularly food production and technologies suitable to the various conditions of the farms in the Phl.

The  three-day event is supported by the DA and its local government units, Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources, Center for Postharvest Development and Mechanization, Bureau of Agricultural Research, DA-Agribusiness and Marketing Assistance Service and 30 other major Philippine food and agribusiness organizations.

It will also provide free seminars and features live animal and plant display as well as other special activities that will underscore the most up-to-date and ground-breaking inputs, technologies and alliances.