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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...

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