Agrilink 2013 for Farm Mechanization

The way to go is to mechanize farming. This could significantly increase farm productivity. It could improve the quality of farm produce. Modern machines and equipment are needed to process harvests from the farm for added value and for greater competitiveness in the local and export markets. In other words, farm mechanization can make farming more profitable for farmers and agribusiness investors.

And that is the reason why, the Department of Agriculture has come up with a national program that enables farmers to acquire the farm machines and equipment they need. And that is also the reason why the forthcoming Agrilink trade show (October 10-12) is giving special attention to the mechanization of farm production and processing.

And one agency that will highlight the role of mechanization at the trade show is the Philippine Center for Postharvest Development and Mechanization (PhilMech). This is one agency which is playing an important role in pushing forward the mechanization of farms and processing plants of agricultural produce.

At the forthcoming Agrilink trade show, PhilMech will showcase its latest research and development projects, postharvest technologies, value-adding production systems and other innovations in common service facilities that the Department of Agriculture is advocating.

Yes, the establishment of common service facilities for farmers in different parts of the country is a new thrust of the Department of Agriculture. The DA, for instance, has come up with its Rice Mechanization Program aimed at accelerating rice production around the country. With the cooperation of the Korean International Cooperation Agency, farm equipment and machineries were given to farmers, including the construction of four rice processing complexes in Davao del Sur, Pangasinan, Bohol and Iloilo.

As per the press statement of the DA, the centers will eventually become common service facilities for members of farmers' associations. That will enable them to mill their own palay so they themselves could sell their milled rice directly to consumers. The service facilities will also empower the farmers to add more value to their rice harvests.

According to Engr. Rex Bingabing, PhilMech's executive director, his agency will be showcasing at the Agrilink trade show several technologies that the scientists of the agency have developed or are developing. One of them is the convection and infrared heating for dried mango processing. This technique is claimed to enhance nutrient retention in the finished product. At the same time the production time is reduced by 20 percent.

PhilMech is also involved in the establishment of integrated farming and processing centers for coconut aimed at helping coconut farmers in producing coconut oil, dessicated coconut, coir fiber, coco peat, coconut powder, coconut water, coconut sugar, and other value-added products.

PhilMech, in coordination with the DA's regional offices and local government units, will subsidize the farmers' acquisition of farm machines and equipment to the tune of 85 percent. That means, the farmers will only pay 15 percent of the cost of the machines and equipment that they will buy. These include hand tractors, threshers, transplanters and water pumps for rice and high-value crops like coffee, cacao, cassava and bio-ethanol.

PhilMech also assists in modernizing the production system, postharvest processing and distribution in the CALABA provinces (Cavite, Laguna and Batangas) so as to improve the supply chain of vegetables and ornamental plants to commercial and retail companies.

PhilMech will also conduct seminars and other interactive activities at the Agrilink 2013, according to Antonio V. Roces, president of the Foundation for Resource Linkage and Development (FRLD) which is the organizer of Agrilink.

So there you are, make sure to visit this year's Agrilink Expo. You will be happy you did.

Log on to: for practical farming tips, doable ideas and interesting agri-people. More than a thousand pageviewers are visiting the site everyday.


Editor’s note:Yahoo Philippines encourages responsible comments that add dimension to the discussion. No bashing or hate speech, please. You can express your opinion without slamming others or making derogatory remarks.

  • OIC asked to complete review of peace pact with MNLF
    OIC asked to complete review of peace pact with MNLF

    The Philippine government is asking the 57-nation Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) to finally complete the tripartite review process of the implementation of the 1996 peace agreement with the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF). The review – snagged  for several years as government had its hands full with the peace process with rival faction Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) – tackles how the 1996 peace pact with the MNLF has been implemented and centers on the three remaining …

  • Alleged Binay dummies appear in Senate probe
    Alleged Binay dummies appear in Senate probe

    Eight of the resource persons ordered arrested by the Senate finally attended the 21st public hearing of the Senate Blue Ribbon subcommittee into the alleged anomalies involving Vice President Jejomar Binay, but the proceedings turned out to be a review of matters previously presented. For over three hours, the subcommittee heard presentations regarding the alleged hidden assets of Binay and the issue regarding the supposed P200 million in kickbacks he received from a deal between the Boy …

  • DOJ wraps up Mamasapano probe
    DOJ wraps up Mamasapano probe

    The Department of Justice (DOJ) is wrapping up its investigation into the “massacre” of 44 members of the Philippine National Police Special Action Force (PNP-SAF) in Mamasapano, Maguindanao last Jan. 25. A joint team of prosecutors and NBI (National Bureau of Investigation) investigators is about to finish the second part,” Justice Secretary Leila de Lima has told congressmen. She was responding to questions raised by former senior police officer and now Rep. Samuel Pagdilao of party-list …

  • APEC meet in Bataan seen to boost tourism
    APEC meet in Bataan seen to boost tourism

    BALANGA CITY, Bataan – More than 2,000 delegates of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) and international media outfits are expected to enjoy the splendid coastline of Bagac town, which faces the West Philippine Sea, as they converge for a workshop in this province next month. …

  • DOST opens P54-M research facility
    DOST opens P54-M research facility

    A P54-million research and development facility of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) was recently opened in Bicutan, Taguig for scientists and researchers to develop technology and techniques to allow Filipino fashion and clothing designers and manufacturers to produce more mainstream products from local, tropical fabrics like piña, banana and abaca. Science Secretary Mario Montejo said the Innovation Center for Yarns and Textiles (ICYT) is the DOST’s flagship effort at reviving …

  • DFA worried about alleged violations of convicted Pinoys’ rights
    DFA worried about alleged violations of convicted Pinoys’ rights

    Philippine embassy officials in Doha have raised their concern with Qatari authorities over coercion and human rights violations in the alleged forcing of three Filipino workers convicted of spying to provide information and confess to the crime. Speaking to reporters, Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) spokesman Charles Jose yesterday said the embassy has raised the matter during several high-level meetings with Qatari officials and the national human rights committee in Qatar. “Our embassy …

  • US affirms ‘ironclad’ promise to defend Phl
    US affirms ‘ironclad’ promise to defend Phl

    US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter told his Philippine counterpart on Wednesday that Washington’s pledge to defend the Pacific nation remains “ironclad” and called for an end to land reclamation in the South China Sea, officials said. In talks in Hawaii with Voltaire Gazmin, Philippine secretary of national defense, the Pentagon chief “reaffirmed” the strong ties between the two countries and discussed territorial disputes in the contested waters of the South China Sea, where Beijing has been …

  • ‘Conflict to affect economic growth, stability in SEA’
    ‘Conflict to affect economic growth, stability in SEA’

    Conflict in the South China Sea can affect economic growth and stability in Southeast Asia, New Zealand warned yesterday, amid China’s aggressive reclamation activities in disputed waters. New Zealand is marking its 40 th year of diplomatic ties with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, and hopes to intensify trade and other linkages with the 10-member grouping. ASEAN members Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines and Vietnam have overlapping territorial claims with China over the Spratly …


Should Aquino be held accountable over the Mamasapano operations?

Poll Choice Options