Makina Saka expo draws 100 equipment companies
Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol said the 5th Agricultural Machineries and Equipment Show or Makina Saka Expo 2017 has gathered over 100 companies and 1,000 farmer-leaders all over the country who are all interested to see what modern farm machineries and equipment could help improve their productivity.
Piñol said that shortly after the opening ceremonies attended by Senate Agriculture Committee Chairperson Cynthia Villar, Iloilo Governor Arthur Defensor, Congressional leaders and top Agriculture and Fisheries officials, farmer and fisher folk leaders from different parts of the country queued up in front of the booths of the different farm equipment and machinery companies to see what they needed in the farms.
The equipment and machineries ranged from the simple hand-held and carabao-drawn corn planter to modern tractors and transplanters and locally assembled deep-well drillers.
The farmers also saw actual field demonstration of the equipment and machineries in the derby portion of the event to determine which is the best performing equipment.
The Makina Saka Expo is a yearly activity of the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries aimed at pushing farm mechanization.
Data show that the crops sector loses about 16 percent while the fisheries sector loses 40 percent of production because of post-harvest losses.
The country’s mechanization rate is a measly 2 percent compared to Japan’s 16 percent based on a horsepower per hectare ratio.
“President Rody Duterte has directed the Agriculture and Fisheries Department to fast track the modernization of the country’s food production industry,” Piñol further said.