Farm mechanization to boost output – exporters
An umbrella group of local food processors and exporters sees positive growth in the agriculture sector this year amid increased level of farm mechanization over the last few years.
In a press conference, Roberto Amores, president of Philippine Food Processors and Exporters, Inc., noted that farm mechanization in the country has massive potential in the coming years, particularly coming from a very a low base.
“Manual farming is a thing of the past,” Amores said, adding that increasing the level of mechanization like that of Thailand and Vietnam would help in increasing productivity and value-adding in the agribusiness sector.
The official also said that mechanization makes sense in making local farmers more competitive and bringing down prices of commodities, especially with the Asean integration now in full swing.
Amores said that cheaper production of raw materials would help exports and manufacturing sectors to compete with neighboring countires.