By Zac B. Sarian
HARVESTING CORN FOR SILAGE – The usual practice in harvesting green corn for silage is done by manual labor. This does not only require laborers who are not as efficient as mechanical harvesters. Manual cutting is also expensive. One of the purposes of the group of Eugene Gabriel in attending the Sima Asean Agribusiness Show in Bangkok on June 6-8 is to look for suitable harvesting machines and shredders for silage making. They will also be on the look out for suitable equipment used in dairy farming as well as small machinery suitable for small farms in the Philippines.
GROUP LEADER TO THE SIMA ASEAN AGRIBUSINESS SHOW – Eugene Gabriel, president of Right Agri of Isabela province, will lead a group of agribusiness executives from the Philippines who will attend the SIMA Asean Agribusiness Show on June 6-8, 2018 in Bangkok, Thailand. Gabriel is shown here taking a close look at a new onion direct seeding machine at PhilMech in Muñoz City, Nueva Ecija.
INTEREST IN DAIRY EQUIPMENT – One of the interests of the Philippine delegation to the SIMA Asean Agribusiness Show in Thailand on June 6-8, 2018 is to look for appropriate dairy equipment and facilities. The group of Eugene Gabriel is taking over the management of a dairy operation in Isabela where agriculture students as well as interested farmers can learn the latest technologies in dairy production and management.
NOVATECH FOOD INDUSTRIES – Dr. Ronaldo Sumaoang, a microbiologist who heads Novatech Food Industries, will be looking for bottle filling equipment and packaging systems at the SIMA Asean Agribusines Show. He is also interested in extruder and pelletizing machine for livestock feed as well as for his organic fertilizer business. His company is also into the production of probiotic products for livestock, poultry and aquaculture.
SURINAM CHERRY – The Surinam cherry is widely grown in many places like South America, United States (expecially in Florida and Hawaii) and elsewhere. But it is little known in the Philippines. Experience at the Sarian Farm in Teresa, Rizal, shows that it can also grow well in the Philippines. A potted plant with no special care has been fruiting in Teresa. The ribbed fruit is bright red when ripe and is somewhat sourish but with agreeable taste. It is said to be rich in Vitamin C.
INNOVATION OLYMPICS CHAMP – The Agriviz Team that consists of three students from the Asian Institute of Management was adjudged champion in the Innovation Olympics launched last year by East-West Seed Company. The team members include Aiah Sarmiento, Aaron David and Gorby Dimalanta. They developed an e-magsasaka platform that would have a database where buyers could find the farmers that could provide the produce that they need. At the same time, farmers can also use the database to find the market to sell their products. Photo shows the Team Agriviz members with a replica of the check for the P250,000 cash prize they received.
A group of agribusiness executives will be attending the SIMA Asean Agribusiness Show that will be held in Bangkok on June 6-8, 2018, it was announced by Eugene Gabriel, president of Right Agri based in Isabela province.
He and members of the Right Agri board of directors will be looking for new machinery and equipment that can be used in mechanizing rice and corn production, processing of farm wastes into livestock feed and other value-added products.
Of special interest are dairy tools and equipment because the company has contracted the management of a dairy farm in a state university. They will develop the dairy farm as a viable enterprise that will also serve as a training ground for agriculture students as well as private individuals on dairying technolgy.
They will also be looking for shredders and baling equipment for rice straw and corn stovers.
Also joining the Gabriel group is Novatech Food Industries headed by Dr. Ronaldo Sumaoang, a microbiologist who is into food products like chilli vinegar and fish sauce which are supplied to the country’s biggest supermarket chain. Dr. Sumaoang said he is particularly interested in bottle-filling equipment for fish sauce and vinegar as well as improved packaging technologies. Aside from food products, Novatech is into production of organic fertilizers, probiotic products for livestock and poultry, commercial sheep production, and Large Black Pig multiplication.
According to Pauline Alary, one of the coordinators of the trade show, the agribusiness exhibits will include no less than 300 well known brands around the world that include heavy equipment, tractors, parts and accessories, postharvest equipment, mechanical planters and harvesters, fertilizers and crop protection products, greenhouse structures, horticultural products, livestock and poultry products and services, and many more.
For more information, those interested to attend may contact Pauline Alary at email: email@example.com.
EWS INNOVATION OLYMPICS CHAMP – A team of three Asian Institute Of Management (AIM) students was adjudged champion in the Innovation Olympics conducted by East-West Seed Company. The members of the team are Aiah Sarmiento, Gorby Dimalanta and Aaron David who came up with an e-magsasaka platform where buyers of agricultural products can find farmers who are producing the crops they need. At the same time, the farmers can also use the database to look for buyers of their produce.
The AIM team bested who bested two other finalists from UP Los Baños received a cash prize of P250,000.
The e-magsasaka platform aims to minimize the number of middlemen involved in the trading of agricultural produce. With the linkage of the farmers and the buyers, the farmers can expect to receive more reasonable prices for their harvest. During the 6-month pilot stage, Team Agriviz worked with farmers’ coopertives, local government units and vegetable buyers.
East-West launched the Innovation Olympics last year to generate new ideas that could improve the livelihood of farmers. The company came up with the competition as a highlight of its 35th anniversary. East-West Seed which was founded in the Philippines in 1982 is now one of the Top 10 vegetable seed companies in the world.