Get a glimpse of how farm mech­a­niza­tion has ad­vanced as you read about the over­whelm­ing exhibition of ma­chines for ev­ery farm­ing pur­pose at the KIEMSTA 2016, the big­gest agri­cul­tural mech­a­niza­tion trade show in Cheo­nan City in Korea.

AT­TEND­ING KOREA’S bi­en­nial agri­cul­tural ma­chin­ery trade show can be over­whelm­ing. You are over­whelmed by the size of the ex­po­si­tion as well as the num­ber of farm ma­chines for al­most ev­ery pur­pose.

Agriculture - - Contents - >BY ZAC B. SARIAN

This is KIEMSTA 2016, the Korea In­ter­na­tional Exhibition for Ma­chin­ery Equip­ment, Science and Tech­nol­ogy for Agri­cul­ture, staged on Novem­ber 2-5, 2016 in Cheo­nan City by the Korea Agri­cul­tural Ma­chin­ery In­dus­try Co­op­er­a­tive (KAMICO) headed by chair­man Shin Gil Kim.

Imag­ine seven exhibition halls, each al­most as big as the in­door ex­hibit area of Agrilink at the World Trade Cen­ter in Pasay City. And each ex­hibit hall is filled with noth­ing but ma­chines and equip­ment for mech­a­niz­ing agri­cul­ture. The ma­chines come in sizes rang­ing from the very big ones, as well as very tiny ones.

The big ones in­clude the Robo­trac­tor, which is a mas­sive ma­chine that can per­form big jobs like ex­ca­vat­ing fields with its giant buck hoe, or picking up giant bales of hay for live­stock feed and other heavy ma­te­ri­als. The ma­chine is re­ally big but is very ma­neu­ver­able, as we wit­nessed at the demo site. The other big ma­chines are the giant Bran­son trac­tors of Kukje Ma­chin­ery Com­pany and other in­ter­na­tional ex­hibitors.

SMALL CUL­TI­VA­TORS - Of course, there are also ma­chines of more mod­est sizes that are suit­able for de­vel­op­ing economies like those of the Philip­pines and other Asian coun­tries, where there are many small land­hold­ings.

These in­clude the ver­sa­tile dry­land cul­ti­va­tors that are ex­cel­lent for pre­par­ing land for plant­ing veg­eta­bles and other high-value crops. One of the big­gest man­u­fac­tur­ers of this ver­sa­tile tiller is Asia Tech, headed by Jae-Won Uhm. Aside from the small tillers, Asia Tech boasts of a ride-on small trac­tor to which im­ple­ments can be at­tached, such as a ro­ta­va­tor, sprayer, weeder, fer­til­izer spreader, and di­rect grain seeder. Being a ride-on type, it is very com­fort­able for the op­er­a­tor.

By chang­ing im­ple­ments that are at­tached to Asia Tech’s al­laround small cul­ti­va­tor, one ma­chine can per­form 40 dif­fer­ent func­tions and fin­ish the work of 40 peo­ple. It is ca­pa­ble of ridge weed­ing, trench hilling, ridge mak­ing, and drainage mak­ing be­tween nar­row fur­rows and inside green­houses.

Asia Tech also boasts of multi-pur­pose speed sprayers for pest con­trol in fruit trees, ride-on rice trans­planters, plas­tic sheet

Asia Tech Manag­ing Di­rec­tor Jae-Won Uhm and FIT Corea’s Philip Kim pose be­fore thou­sands of small cul­ti­va­tors at Asia Tech’s stock­yard.

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