AGRILINK 2019 started to unveil technologies and innovations – from the farms, to the factories, and all the way to the markets.
It is being held at the World Trade Center along Senator Gil J. Puyat Avenue in Pasay City, Metro Manila, from Oct. 3 to 5.
Each year, the people behind Agrilink will showcase different products, information, technologies, market linkages, and promotions to the whole agribusiness community, and the general public as well.
It has been 26 years since the first Agrilink opened, and since then, the leader in agribusiness exhibition has evolved and continues to cope with the changing times.
It is getting better to be more relevant as the agricultural world grapples with the various changes in the agricultural climate.
This year’s theme is “Climate Resilient Agriculture: A Must for Region 8.”
For many years now, experts around the world have been sending a strong and serious message that the impact of climate change on agriculture and the implications for food security are already alarming.
The United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization has even released recently a statement saying that with the continuous messing up of the weather, there is now an urgent need to support smallholders in adapting to climate change and that farmers and fishermen will require far greater access to technologies, markets, information and credit to adapt their systems and practices to climate change.
Region 8, covering the entire Eastern Visayas Region, has been one of the major casualties of the effects of climate change to agriculture.
Who would ever forget the wrath of typhoon “Yolanda” (International Name “Haiyan”), and how it wrought havoc to the region in 2013?
Considered to be the strongest typhoon ever recorded, it affected some 14.1 million people and caused more than US$700 million in damage to the agriculture sector, severely threatening the food security of the Philippines.
Region 8 consists of three main islands: Samar, Leyte, and Biliran.
Eastern Visayas is one of the top coconut-producing regions in the country with 615,926 hectares planted to the crop and producing 1.08 million nuts every year.
But from 2013 until 2015, typhoon Yolanda’s impact destroyed 33 million coconut trees – nearly half of which were totally damaged.
Some two years later, it was reported that the coconut industry in the region is now on the road to recovery with a harvest of 1.085 billion nuts in 2017, which is 1.38 percent higher than the 1.075 billion nuts yield a year earlier.
Among the featured products for this year’s edition of Agrilink are Agricultural Chemicals, Animal Housing and Breeding, Animal Health and Nutrition, Aquaculture Equipment and Inputs, Communication and Information Technology, Dairy Products, Equipment and Machinery, Facilities on Cooking and Storage, Facilities on Postharvest, Feed Ingredients, Feed-milling, Fertilizers and Pest Management, Financial Institutions, Fishery products, Food Ingredients and Additives, Food Packaging, Food Processing, Fruits and Vegetables, Greenhouses and Nurseries, Horticulture Inputs, Meat Products, Organic Farming and Hydroponics, Publications, Research and Consultancy, Seeds and Planting Materials, Irrigation Systems, Transport and Logistics, and Waste Management. ([email protected]/PN)