THE Philippine Center for Postharvest Development and Mechanization (PhilMech) said it signed a five-year agreement with South Korean manufacturer Korea Agricultural Machinery Industry Cooperative (Kamico) to help the country develop farm machinery.
“I believe PhilMech will greatly benefit from the expertise of Kamico, because it has experts that can help [the agency] spearhead the real development of farm machinery in the Philippines,” PhilMech Executive Director Dionisio G. Alvindia said in a statement.
Kamico Chairman Shin Gil Kim and Alvindia signed the memorandum of understanding (MOU) in the company’s headquarters in South Korea on November 3.
PhilMech said Kamico, a special status nonprofit corporation of agricultural machinery manufacturers, spearheads the export efforts for South Korean-made farm equipment.
The scope of cooperation under the MOU includes the following: establishment of agricultural mechanization complex; collaborative studies/research on machinery development; exchange of experts and/or provision of technical support; and conduct or facilitation of study tours, workshops, symposia, training courses and exhibitions on subjects of mutual interest, according to PhilMech.
Under the five-year agreement, Kamico will also support the Philippine government’s efforts to secure official development assistance (ODA) in agriculture-related fields.
Alvindia said tapping the expertise of Kamico will help the Philippines manufacture farm machinery, including local fabrication of small engines that are critical components of farm equipment.
“The farm-machinery industry in the Philippines needs to upgrade its manufacturing and design capabilities, so the small farmers will get ‘value for money.’ At present, the industry has a hard time competing with equipment imported from other countries,” Alvindia said.
Developing the local farm-machinery manufacturing industry is mandated under Republic Act 10601, or the Act Promoting Agriculture and Fisheries Mechanization and Development in the Country”, or the AFMech law.
Developing the country’s capabilities to manufacture farm machinery is part of PhilMech’s new advocacy, called “Stakeholder-driven Research and Development Extension”, of which the major components include getting more inputs from target users in developing farming technologies, and establishing a unified Research and Development Extension agenda among government agencies.
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