For­eign man­u­fac­tur­ers re­duce op­por­tu­ni­ties

Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro - - Business -

THERE is a need to be in­de­pen­dent from for­eign agri­cul­tural man­u­fac­tur­ing com­pa­nies in or­der to strengthen Min­dana­won man­u­fac­tur­ers, an agri­cul­tural as­so­ci­a­tion pres­i­dent said.

Pe­dro Lim, Min­danao Agri­cul­tural Ma­chin­ery In­dus­try As­so­ci­a­tion (Mamia) pres­i­dent, said the pres­ence of the for­eign com­pa­nies can re­duce the market op­por­tu­ni­ties for lo­cal man­u­fac­tur­ing com­pa­nies.

Lim said the coun­try has the Agri­cul­tural and Fish­eries Mech­a­niza­tion (AFMech) Law that will al­low the Philip­pines to be less de­pen­dent from for­eign man­u­fac­tur­ers.

“With the ad­vent of the AFMech Law, we can now cre­ate our own ma­chines,” Lim said, adding con­tin­ued ap­pli­ca­tions of re­cent stud­ies on agri­cul­tural man­u­fac­tur­ing must still be done by Min­dana­won farm­ers.

Repub­lic Act 10601 of 2013 or known as AFMech Law was crafted in or­der Pro­mote the de­vel­op­ment and adop­tion of mod­ern, ap­pro­pri­ate and cost-ef­fec­tive and en­vi­ron­men­tally-safe agri­cul­tural and fish­eries ma­chin­ery and equip­ment to en­hance farm pro­duc­tiv­ity and ef­fi­ciency in or­der to achieve food se­cu­rity and safety and in­crease farm­ers’ in­come.

Lim said Min­danao has the huge po­ten­tial in prof­it­ing from the agri­cul­tural lands of the coun­try if mech­a­niza­tion is be­ing uti­lized.

Mean­while, Lim said the two-day sum­mit of Mamia held at Apo View Ho­tel from Novem­ber 28 to 29, seeks to ad­dress is­sues on the lack of agri­cul­tural ma­chines and pro­vide tech­ni­cal and fi­nan­cial as­sis­tance to the par­tic­i­pants. It also seeks to en­tice man­u­fac­tur­ing com­pa­nies to in­vest more on agri­cul­ture.

The sum­mit was at­tended by over 80 par­tic­i­pants from agri­cul­tural man­u­fac­tur­ing com­pa­nies over Min­danao.

Lim said the sum­mit will help agri­cul­tural en­trepreneurs be­come adept with the new­est tech­nolo­gies pro­vided by Philip­pine Cen­ter for Post-Har­vest De­vel­op­ment Mech­a­niza­tion (PhilMech).

Lim added the fo­rum was con­ducted to “align and guide the man­u­fac­tur­ers in ful­fill­ing the Depart­ment of Agri­cul­ture’s and the gov­ern­ment’s goals for agri­cul­tural mech­a­niza­tion and growth.

In a speech by Davao City Mayor Sara DuterteCar­pio de­liv­ered by Davao City Agri­cul­tural Of­fice act­ing as­sis­tant head Bien­venido Po­goy said by in­no­vat­ing tech­nolo­gies in agri­cul­ture the city will have a sus­tain­able agri­cul­ture sec­tor.

Duterte-Car­pio added the gov­ern­ment will con­tinue to aid agri­cul­tural en­trepreneurs in in­creas­ing yield and profit for Dabawneyo farm­ers. (GAD)

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