Leading South Korean firms, through FitCoreaTrading Philippines, will be joining the country’s premier international trade exhibition on agriculture, food, and aquaculture —Agrilink, Foodlink and Aqualink, slated from October 3 to 5 at the World Trade Center.
FitCorea is the local representative of the Korea Agricultural Machinery Industry Cooperative (KAMICO), a non-profit corporation making up farm machinery and equipment manufacturers in South Korea.
Agrilink 2019 will feature a South Korean pavilion showcasing the latest innovations inagriculture — from food, postharvest, manufacturing, processing, engineering, machinery and equipment, cooling, heating and energy solutions, and marketing to water supply.
FitCorea, for instance, will showcase their machineries used for plowing, cultivating, seeding, transplanting, harvesting, drying and milling. It also has postharvest equipment such as mills, dryers, rotators and power harrows for crops such as rice, corn, onion and sugarcane. It also supplies various machineries that include walking and riding transplanters and tractors, hydraulic rotavator for soil tilling, power seeder and weeder, combine harvester, and recirculating and multi-purpose dryers.
KAMICO, led by president Shin-gil Kim, also participates in South Korean government’s development assistance and investment projects to the Philippines, through partnerships with the DA and other stakeholders. Among these are farm equipment and machinery assembly plants that will be constructed in a 50-hectare area in Batangas. The area will serve as a demonstration farm that will use locally fabricated and assembled farm machineries. It will also have training and research and development centers that will help improve the expertise of Filipino farmers and equipment operators.
Kim added that Agrilink’s theme this year on climate change resilience is in line with FitCorea and KAMICO’s commitment to help sustain the growth of Philippine agricultural industry. He also noted that sustainable farm mechanization technologies can help alleviate not only postharvest losses, which will provide more food to Filipinos’ tables.
These technologies can also help improve the efficiency of how natural resources and agricultural inputs are utilized, from soil conservation and irrigation to use of inputs like fertilizers, which thus help in mitigating climate change’s adverse impact.
The South Korean pavilion in Agrilink 2019 reflects the growing bilateral trade and investment in the country, totaling $13.7 million last year and placing South Korea as the country’s fifth major trade partner. Investments from South Korea have so far figured up to $35.79 million, mainly in real estate and manufacturing. Philippine agricultural exports include corn silage and animal feedstock, fishery products and tropical fruits like banana.
In fact, the Department of Agriculture (DA) recently signed a PhP28-billion agreement involving the export of various Philippine fruits to South Korean supermarkets.
Supported by the Department of Agriculture, its regional units and allied agencies, as well as co-organized by over 30 agribusiness and food organizations, Agrilink 2019 will feature local and international products and technologies, live animal and plant displays, as well as technical workshops and investment forums.