KOREA AND PHILIP­PINES COL­LAB­O­RATE ON FARM MECH­A­NIZA­TION

Agriculture - - Joining Forces -

WE CAN EX­PECT more Filipino farm­ers to mech­a­nize their op­er­a­tions in the com­ing years as Korean agri­cul­tural machin­ery man­u­fac­tur­ers col­lab­o­rate with PhilMech to de­velop ap­pro­pri­ate ma­chines and equip­ment for lo­cal agri­cul­ture. The Korean Agri­cul­tural Machin­ery In­dus­try Co­op­er­a­tive (KAMICO) and the Philip­pine Cen­ter for Posthar­vest De­vel­op­ment and Mech­a­niza­tion (PhilMech) re­cently signed a mem­o­ran­dum of un­der­stand­ing (MOU) to join forces in up­grad­ing farm mech­a­niza­tion in the coun­try.

KAMICO counts as its mem­bers hun­dreds of agri­cul­tural machin­ery man­u­fac­tur­ers who are will­ing to share their ex­per­tise with their coun­ter­part in the Philip­pines. The MOU sign­ing was a high­light of the re­cent KIEMSTA 2016, the big­gest agri­cul­tural mech­a­niza­tion trade show held in Cheo­nan City. The sig­na­to­ries are KAMICO chair­man Shin Gil Kim and PhilMech ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor Dr. Dion­i­sio Alvin­dia. One of the pri­or­i­ties un­der the MOU is the es­tab­lish­ment of an agri­cul­tural mech­a­niza­tion com­plex where the dif­fer­ent ma­chines and equip­ment are show­cased. The com­plex could also be­come a train­ing cen­ter for farm mech­a­niza­tion prac­ti­tion­ers.

There will also be col­lab­o­ra­tive re­search on machin­ery de­vel­op­ment, ex­change of ex­perts and pro­vi­sion of tech­ni­cal sup­port, fa­cil­i­ta­tion of study tours, work­shops, sym­posia, train­ing cour­ses and ex­hi­bi­tions on sub­jects of mu­tual in­ter­est.

The two par­ties will also en­cour­age the in­volve­ment of con­cerned agen­cies, the academe, sci­en­tific and busi­ness com­mu­ni­ties and non-gov­ern­ment or­ga­ni­za­tions of their

MOU SIGN­ING: From left, Eu­gene T. Gabriel of Agri­com, Tony Ro­ces of Agrilink, Dante De­lima of Atisco, KAMICO Chair­man Shin Gil Kim, Ph­lMech ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor Dion­i­sio Alvin­dia, Agri­cul­tural At­tache Aleli Mag­ni­rang, Ron­ald Se­bas­tian Reyes of PhilMech...

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