The Korean Farm Machines Are Coming!

Don’t look now but more and more Korean farm machines are coming to bolster farm mechanization in the Philippines.

On Wednesday, May 24, 2017, during the anniversary of the Philippine Center for Postharvest Development and Farm Mechanization
(PhilMech), a full contingent of the Korea Agricultural Machinery Industry Cooperative (Kamico) will be there to participate in the formal start of collaboration of the two parties in promoting mechanization in the country.
Aside from developing a compact village-type corn mill, a Farm Mechanization Training Center will be set up at the headquarters of PhilMech in the Science City of Muñoz in Nueva Ecija.

A Philippine delegation that attended the KIEMSTA Expo in Korea last year is being briefed on the machinery from Asia Tech. From left: Ronald S. Reyes of PhilMech, Tony Roces of Agrilink, Eugene Gabriel of Agricom, Philip Kim of Fitcorea, Malou Bautista of Fitcorea and Dante Delima of Atisco.
The training center will showcase the different agricultural machinery that are needed in mechanizing farm operations in big as well as small farms. These include tractors and various equipment that can make farming more fun and profitable.

The problem today in the Philippines is the lack of farm laborers when they are most needed. In harvesting rice, for instance, some farmers often experience difficulty in looking for laborers to harvest the ripening grains. One reason is the proliferation of malls in the provinces.

Branson tractor from Kukje Company.

How does that affect the supply of farm laborers? Well, young farm people prefer to get employed in the supermarkets (even if they are just baggers) because they don’t get exposed to the sun and rain. They work in air-conditioned building and they also get usually a higher pay than being a farm laborer.

Harvesting machines are also needed whenever there is an impending weather disturbance like a typhoon or heavy rains. The grains have to be harvested posthaste, otherwise they would get damaged.

Efficient farm machines are also needed in land preparation. Plowing by machine rather than by carabao is more thorough. It is possible to have deep plowing with tractors and its implements so that land preparation is more thorough for better plant growth.

Aside from machine harvesters, mechanical rice transplanters are also needed for faster planting. What 20 manual transplanters can do in one day may only take a couple of hours for a transplanting machine to accomplish at even cheaper cost.

One of the objectives of the Farm Mechanization Training Center is to train local machine operators to do the proper techniques. One observation of Philip Kim of Fitcorea Philippines is that some service providers are operating their tractors as if they are car racing. They don’t plow the field deep enough in their haste to finish their job. As a result, the land is haphazardly plowed and harrowed.

From left: Philip Kim of Fitcorea, Kamico Chairman Shin Gil Kim and PhilMech Director Dionisio G. Alvindia. Philip Kim has been instrumental in bringing together the Korean machinery manufacturers to collaborate with PhilMech to promote mechanization in the Philippines.

By the way, Philip Kim of Fitcorea Philippines is very instrumental in bringing into the Philippines Korean agricultural mechanization technology. He represents Kamico in the country and he has been responsible for bringing Kamico and PhilMech to collaborate in undertaking various projects.

Aside from machinery for land preparation, Korean technology in postharvest operation like drying and milling are being introduced in the country. The LeeWha compact rice mill is now becoming popular in the country, thanks to Fitcorea. Many OFWs are investing in LeeWha rice mills as a source of livelihood.

The machine is compact and requires only a minimal space for installation. It is also affordable to cooperatives as well as individual customers. Now, the maker of LeeWha rice mill is collaborating with PhilMech to develop a counterpart for corn milling. The target is to mill white corn for human consumption, especially in the Visayas and Mindanao where white corn is a favored staple food.

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