It’s All Systems Go For PH-Korea Farm Mechanization Collaboration

It is all systems go for the development of an efficient village-level corn mill under a collaborative project between the Korea Agricultural Machinery Industry Cooperative (Kamico) and the Philippine Center for Postharvest Development and Mechanization (PhilMech).

The memorandum of agreement (MOA) was recently signed for this project between Kamico chaired by Shin Gil Kim and PhilMech headed by Dr. Dionisio G. Alvindia.

PhilMech Director Dionisio G. Alvindia (left) and LeeWha president SeokJin Lee shake hands. They will collaborate to develop the corn mill.
LeeWha Industry Company, makers of compact rice mills, headed by Seok Jin Lee, has been designated by Kamico to implement the project. LeeWha is the number one manufacturer of compact rice mills in KIorea which has revolutionized rice milling in that country.

Because the compact rice mills are efficient, the big rice processing centers with huge rice mills are no longer necessary for most farming communities in Korea. The compact rice mill is affordable by even individual farmers, hence it has become very popular. The rice mills can also be a good investment for entrepreneurs in the countryside.

The initial move was the signing of the MOU during the KIEMSTA Expo. From left, Eugene Gabriel of Agricom, Tony Roces of Agrilink, Dante Delima of Atisco, Chairman Shin Gil Kim, Director Dionisio Alvindia, Agriculture Attache Aleli Maghirang, Ronaldo Sebastian Reyes and Philip Kim.
The corn mill to be developed for the Philippines is also compact as well as efficient and affordable. The target is to provide milling facilities for white corn which is a favorite staple food, especially in the Visayas and Mindanao.
Philip Kim and his favorite Branson Tractor.

MECHANIZATION TRAINING CENTER – Another area of collaboration between Korea and the Philippines is the setting up of a training center at the headquarters of PhilMech in Muñoz, Nueva City.

The center will showcase the different machines needed for various chores on the farm. These will include Branson tractors and various implements that could be attached to the big machine.

The compact LeeWha rice mill.
Farmers and trainees will be familiarized with different kinds of machines and equipment that can help promote faster mechanization of farms in the Philippines. Machines like rice transplanters, direct rice seeders, harvesters, levelers, disk harrows and plows, loaders and many more will all be showcased there.

Branson Tractor with attachments.
Philip Kim of Fitcorea also sees a need to train tractor operators on proper land cultivation. The plows and harrows should achieve the proper depths so that the plants will be provided with properly prepared land. Philip Kim has observed that many tractor operators operate their tractors as if they are racing so that the land is not properly cultivated.

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