AGRILINK: THE PHILIPPINES’ BIGGEST INTERNATIONAL AGRIBUSINESS EVENT
AGRILINK 2015, the biggest agribusiness exhibition in the country, will take place at the World Trade Center from October 15 to 17, 2015 with the theme, “Regional Agribusiness Development as a Strategy for Inclusive Growth.” More than 30 agribusiness associations and institutions participate annually as co-organizers of Agrilink. Their inputs will serve to determine the schedule of exhibit activities and seminar topics, and the existence of priority concerns and problems in different crop sectors which need to be discussed with the Secretary of the Department of Agriculture.
A good number of foreign or international companies from France, China, Korea, United States, Germany, Thailand, The Netherlands, and other Asian countries are among the exhibitors.
Visitors usually consist of entrepreneurs and professionals in animal breeding, machinery and equipment, animal health and nutrition, aquaculture, grains, oganic farming, and horticulture, among others.
Univet Nutrition and Animal Healthcare Company (UNAHCO) president and chief operating officer Ricardo C. Alba said Agrilink is an excellent venue to learn about the latest trends and practices, innovative products and modern technologies in animal production and agriculture so animal raisers and farmers may improve their farm operations, productivity and profitability.
For this year’s Agrilink, UNAHCO has again partnered with the Foundation for Resource Linkage and Development (FRLD) as one of the major sponsors. UNAHCO believes in the mission of the FRLD to bring together all stakeholders in the agriculture industry to facilitate transfer of knowledge and technology and establish linkages.
For the past 17 years, UNAHCO has been sponsoring Agrilink through its various business units, such as Univet, Pigrolac Premium Hog Feeds, Sarimanok Poultry Feeds, UNAHCO Commercial Farm Group (CFG), and UNAGRO (Univet Agronomy). This year, Yum Yum, UNAHCO’s newly-launched dog food brand, will also be part of the exhibition. Yum Yum will have a Dog Café in the afternoon of Saturday, October 17, at the World Trade Center lobby. There, dog lovers will get the chance to meet and interact with different dog breeds.
During the contract signing and press conference for the company’s partnership with FRLD in Manila last September 10, 2015, Alba said, “We want to be a catalyst of knowledge and technology transfer to help uplift the animal and agriculture industries and at the same time promote food safety and security for our country.”
“Specifically, UNAHCO is helping Agrilink promote the event to entice more people to attend the exhibition and become aware that there is a huge potential, an excellent business opportunity in agribusiness,” he added.
Another reason for UNAHCO’s bullish participation in industry events like Agrilink is the company’s 50th year founding anniversary in 2016. “We have been serving the Filipino animal raisers for almost 50 years now and we are truly grateful to our loyal customers and partners for their continuing trust, patronage, and support,” Alba said. “One way of thanking them is through our promotion of livelihood opportunities in agribusiness, and Agrilink is a perfect venue for this.”
As part of the company’s 50th anniversary celebration, “UNAHCO reaffirms its commitment to help boost the animal industry by continuously developing innovative, quality and affordable products that offer good value to farmers, animal raisers, and trade partners. It is [our] vision to become the leading agribusiness conglomerate not only in the Philippines but in the whole of Asia. That is why we are aggressively exploring other agriculturerelated businesses to complete our seed to feed, feed to food value chain,” he added. - BY JULIO P. YAP, JR.
Foundation for Resource Linkage and Development (FRLD) president Antonio V. Roces (right) and Univet Nutrition and Animal Healthcare Company (UNAHCO) president and chief operating officer Ricardo C. Alba during the contract signing and press conference for UNAHCO’s partnership with FRLD for the holding of Agrilink 2015.