By Yvette Tan
KIEMSTA ( Korea International Exhibition for Machinery Equipment, Science and Technology for Agriculture) 2018 was held in Cheonan City, South Korea from Oct. 31 to Nov. 3 by the Korea Agricultural Machinery Industry Cooperative (KAMICO).
The exhibit, which happens twice a year, is one of five major international agricultural machinery expos, bringing together farmers and manufacturers from different countries.
Korean agricultural machinery brands have become trusted all over the world, and are slowly becoming recognized in the Philippines.
“The expo featured diverse machinery and technology such as climate-controlled hydroponics systems to farm drones to tractor simulators to actual tractors of all sizes, some of them driverless, as seen in the video below.
Representing the Philippines were Assistant Secretary Designate for Agribusiness and Field Operations Service Director Dr. Andrew Villacorta; Regional Executive Directors Lucrecio Alviar, Region 1, Elena delos Santos, Region 5, Carlene Collado, Region 10, and Arnel de Mesa, Region 4A; Mayor Rommel Arnardo of Kauswagan, Lanao del Norte, and businessman Raymund Permites, CEO of Julimons Enterprise, and Yvette Tan, Online Editor for Agriculture.com.ph.
Aside from a tour of the expo, the Philippine contingent visited three agricultural machinery manufacturers: Kukje Machinery, maker of Branson Tractors; Asia Technology Co., Ltd., whose mini cultivator is the best selling machine of its kind in the world; and Lee-Hwa Industry Co., maker of rice and corn milling machines and who proudly employs 10 Filipinos in its factory.
The officials were interviewed by the Korean agricultural press, which asked, ‘what must Korean agricultural machinery vendors know about the Philippine market?’ The first answer is that the machines must be affordable, and second, they must have after sales service.
Catch our in-depth coverage of KIEMSTA 2018 in the next issue of Agriculture Monthly magazine.