KAMICO, ONE OF THE BIG­GEST EX­HIBITORS IN AGRILINK 2018

Agriculture - - Korean Machinery -

SOUTH KOREA MAN­U­FAC­TUR­ERS will dis­play their ma­chin­ery in the up­com­ing Agrilink 2018 to be held on Oc­to­ber 4 to 6 at the World Trade Cen­ter in Pasay City. KAMICO, one of the big­gest ex­hibitors in the event, is be­ing rep­re­sented in the coun­try by FIT Corea Trad­ing Philip­pines, Inc.

South Korea and the Philip­pines are con­tin­u­ing their tech­ni­cal co­op­er­a­tion in agri­cul­tural ma­chin­ery de­vel­op­ment through KAMICO and the Depart­ment of Agri­cul­ture-Philip­pine Cen­ter for Posthar­vest and Ma­chin­ery De­vel­op­ment (DA-PhilMech) pur­suant to a joint Me­moran­dum of Un­der­stand­ing (MOU) signed in Novem­ber 2016. Un­der the agree­ment, the two coun­tries will pro­mote co­op­er­a­tion in the fol­low­ing ar­eas: ex­change of in­for­ma­tion on agri­cul­tural and ru­ral de­vel­op­ment poli­cies; tech­ni­cal part­ner­ship and ex­change of ex­perts to pro­mote the agri­cul­tural sec­tor; and pro­mote ru­ral de­vel­op­ments and co­op­er­a­tion with the aim of en­sur­ing food se­cu­rity. We can ex­pect many col­lab­o­ra­tive projects un­der this part­ner­ship.

One of the projects that is cur­rently be­ing un­der­taken is the de­vel­op­ment of a vil­lage-type corn mill. It was tested ini­tially in PhilMech office and is cur­rently un­der­go­ing mi­nor im­prove­ments. The said vil­lage-type corn mill will be avail­able in Oc­to­ber dur­ing Agrilink.

South Korea and the Philip­pines are strength­en­ing their re­la­tion­ship in the field of agri­cul­tural ad­vance­ment through KAMICO and the DA which could be mu­tu­ally ben­e­fi­cial in the im­prove­ment of ties be­tween the two coun­tries.

Mean­while, here are some of the new ma­chiner­ies that KAMICO will be proudly dis­play­ing at the Korean Pavil­ion dur­ing the Agrilink

2018–from the small and big ma­chiner­ies and im­ple­ments:

Korea 4-wheel drive trac­tor - This is a full op­tion trac­tor that can be equipped with many at­tach­ments, whether man­ual- or hy­draulic-driven at­tach­ments, with 12F x 12R trans­mis­sions, turbo-charged engine for more power, TIER III (Stage 3) emis­sion-engine eco-friendly tech­nol­ogy. It is de­signed for both wet and dry land prepa­ra­tions mak­ing it suit­able for rice, veg­etable, and corn farm­ing. The wheel turn­ing ra­dius is 52 de­grees, mak­ing it easy to ma­neu­ver even in small area. There is no need for mod­i­fi­ca­tions in the hy­draulic sys­tems, un­like other trac­tor brands.

With its 8 ports hy­draulic valve (4 ports in front and 4 ports in rear), this mul­ti­func­tional trac­tor can be equipped with front end loader, grap­ple, back­hoe, hay rake, PTO, and hy­draulic-driven disc plow, grass cut­ter, levee maker (for mak­ing and clean­ing ridge in the paddy field), post hole dig­ger (for mak­ing fences and putting posts), un­der­ground crops har­vesters (for high-value crops such as onion, gar­lic, pota­toes, etc.), fer­til­izer spreader (for com­mer­cial fer­til­izer), ma­nure spreader (for or­ganic fer­til­iz­ers), trac­tor-mounted seeder, sweet potato har­vester, and count­less at­tach­ments with­out wor­ry­ing for trac­tor mod­i­fi­ca­tions; thus, it will not af­fect the power of engine.

Self -ro­tat­ing PTO-driven disc plow - Un­like the disc har­row, this first-in-the-Philip­pines disc plow is a PTO driven and the width can be au­to­mat­i­cally ad­justed through the trac­tor-con­trolled hy­draulic lever. The uni­ver­sal joint at­tached to trac­tor PTO and disc plow PTO makes the disc ro­tate with the PTO to­gether just like a ro­ta­va­tor. By us­ing PTO-driven disc plow, it will en­sure that the trac­tor will not be over­loaded dur­ing the op­er­a­tion, un­like the disc har­row that the trac­tor will pull and it is lim­ited only based on soil qual­ity. Many trac­tors are hav­ing prob­lems with weight load, thus, some­times caus­ing dam­age to the trac­tor. This im­ple­ment can be equipped from 55 horse­power (hp) and above. The trac­tor must have hy­draulic ports in or­der to use this PTO-driven disc plow. This is to au­to­mat­i­cally ad­just the work­ing width of the disc de­pend­ing on the trac­tor size. How­ever, if your trac­tor has no hy­draulic valve, they have

also the man­ual type which can be equipped from 35hp up to 50hp.

Levee maker - This high-tech trac­tor im­ple­ment al­lows the break­ing up of any soil re­gard­less of the wa­ter con­tent (20 to 80%) and sends soil over to old lev­ees and forms solid new lev­ees in or­der to cut up an ex­ist­ing levee, mix the soil from the ex­ist­ing levee, form a new levee, com­pact the levee soil, and press the sur­face with the roller. It can form ridges on soil where there were no ridges formed be­fore.

Ride-on mech­a­nized di­rect seeder ma­chine - Who said plant­ing is dif­fi­cult? Not with the ride-on mech­a­nized di­rect seeder ma­chine. This mech­a­nized di­rect-seed­ing tech­nol­ogy gives a lot of ad­van­tages to the farm­ers. By us­ing this ma­chine, the la­bor cost will be re­duced by 35% com­pared to trans­plant­ing, and it only re­quires 40 ki­los of seeds per hectare. It can plant up to 4 to 5 hectares per day, which makes it more con­ve­nient and less time-con­sum­ing. With its pre­ci­sion plant­ing, it can plant the seeds uni­formly in straight rows with a dis­tance of 30 cm from row to row.

Dur­ing the study con­ducted by PhilRice un­der the Korea Project on In­ter­na­tional Agri­cul­ture (KOPIA), us­ing this mech­a­nized

di­rect seeder re­sulted in higher yield com­pared to the drum seed­ers, and the me­chan­i­cal rice trans­planter. This is due to the per­fect seed­ing that re­sulted in good seedling emer­gence and crop growth. The ma­chine has 2 fur­rows which al­low good wa­ter man­age­ment. It also has an au­to­matic bal­anc­ing ca­pac­ity which fa­cil­i­tates plant­ing even in un­even field. This has an 8-row hop­per with a ca­pac­ity of 40 ki­los, since ev­ery hop­per can carry 5 ki­los of seeds. This is al­ready good for 1 hectare of plant­ing.

This multi-pur­pose ma­chine can be equipped with more than 20 im­ple­ments that is per­fect for small farm gar­den­ing. This is the Num­ber One brand of cul­ti­va­tor in Korea and the pioneer of cul­ti­va­tors world­wide. This small-size cul­ti­va­tor is ca­pa­ble of ridge weed­ing, trench hilling, earth­ing up, ridge mak­ing, and drainage mak­ing be­tween nar­row fur­rows and in­side the green­house. You can also at­tach plow, vinyl mulcher, power sprayer, chip­per, rice, and corn reaper, and many more. The free mov­ing han­dle al­lows you to ro­tate up to 360 de­grees. You can also ad­just the height of the ma­chine de­pend­ing on the op­er­a­tor’s height. The engine is pow­er­ful, light­weight, small, and with low vi­bra­tion noise.

This is per­fect for any crop such as rice, corn, veg­eta­bles like onion, cab­bage, gar­lic, gin­ger, etc., that you want to plant re­gard­less of the farm size.

Korea un­der­ground crop har­vester - This ma­chine is in­tro­duced for har­vest­ing onion, gar­lic, potato, etc. This trac­tor­driven im­ple­ment can har­vest the crop with­out dam­ag­ing them. It gath­ers the crop at the mid­dle of the ridges by guide plate to pre­vent leav­ing out of the ridges. We need to mech­a­nize our high-value crops es­pe­cially onion, since im­ported onions are ex­pen­sive (the DA an­nounced that they will min­i­mize the im­por­ta­tion of onions in the coun­try). We will be bring­ing the com­plete ma­chin­ery to mech­a­nize high-value crops from the land prepa­ra­tion up to har­vest­ing.

Boom sprayer - An­other break­through in farm­ing is the use of boom sprayer. By us­ing this, you can re­duce the pro­duc­tion time com­pared to knap­sack or man­ual spray­ing. With the in­creas­ing pro­duc­tion of crops, the use of boom sprayer has be­come an im­por­tant tool for ob­tain­ing uni­form wa­ter­ing, and weed man­age­ment. This will en­able the worker to sit com­fort­ably on the ma­chine while spray­ing by us­ing the con­ve­nient speed con­trol lever sys­tem. En­vi­ron­men­tal-friendly farm­ing is also pos­si­ble through the ma­chine by spray­ing nu­tri­tious sup­ple­ments and mi­cro­scopic or­gan­isms. It only re­quires one per­son to drive the ma­chine while spray­ing; no sup­ple­men­tary man­power is re­quired. And since spray­ing is per­formed at the front view of the ma­chine, this min­i­mizes im­pair­ment in the driver’s vi­sion, thus, crop dam­age is also min­i­mized.

Through its di­rect spray­ing method, chem­i­cals are uni­formly sprayed in­side the crops. Pest con­trol­ling ef­fect is ex­cel­lent, re­sult­ing in a less num­ber of spray­ing, which leads to low pes­ti­cide use.

The high ground clear­ance can give ad­van­tage to higher crops; you can ad­just the spray­ing height while be­ing seated by ad­just­ing the elec­tric cylinder. Its sub­stan­tial ef­fect en­sures big­ger pro­duc­tion with ex­cel­lent qual­ity and in­come.

Truck-mounted long sprayer - An­other high­light will be this truck mounted long sprayer. This ma­chine is ca­pa­ble of con­trol­ling foot-and-mouth dis­eases, Avian In­fluenza (AI), used for street trees and for­est fires. This ma­chine uses Kohler engine, air-cooled 2-cy­cle dis­plays with its dou­ble air flute, and min­i­mum com­bus­tion emis­sion. The spray­ing noz­zles can be ad­justed wholly or par­tially de­pend­ing on the use or need. It en­sures high pest con­trol­ling ef­fi­ciency and makes var­i­ous spray­ing jobs pos­si­ble. All op­er­a­tions (from start to spray­ing, and boom move­ments) are done by a re­mote con­trol.

Ma­chine demon­stra­tion at the PhilMech com­pound in Muñoz, Nueva Ecija.

Ma­chine demon­stra­tions dur­ing the KAMICO road­show in Padre Gar­cia, Batan­gas.

Clock­wise (from up­per photo): Korea un­der­ground crop har­vester; ma­chine demon­stra­tion dur­ing KAMICO road­shows in STIARC, Lipa Batan­gas; Tan­uan, Batan­gas; and San Jose, Oc­ci­den­tal Min­doro.

Truck-mounted long sprayer.

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