100 DA, LGU staff attend AFMech Technical Conference

PhilMech conducts technology demonstration of some of their machineries during the technical conference.

GENERAL SANTOS CITY, South Cotabato — A total of 100 frontliners in agricultural extension attended the Technical Conference on Agricultural Mechanization and Postharvest Technologies last March 6-10, 2017.  They are composed of Agriculture and Fishery Mechanization (AFMech) focal persons of the Agricultural Training Institute’s network of training centers, Regional Information Officers from Department of Agriculture’s regional field offices, and staff from Provincial Agricultural Offices in Visayas and Mindanao.

The technical conference aims to update the participants on the state of Agricultural Mechanization & Postharvest in the Philippines. Likewise, it served as an avenue to showcase the different innovation and intervention of PhilMech in the field of Agricultural Mechanization.

PhilMech Director Arnel Ramir Apaga reminded the participants about the importance of strengthening the partnership between agencies and stakeholders. Apaga also addressed the need to increase the stakeholders’ awareness of the AFMech Law in preparation for the ASEAN Economic Integration. With this, he challenged the participants to come up with a better strategy to increase the food sufficiency of the Philippines through mechanization.

The five-day conference discussed 24 topics divided into three sessions namely: State of Agricultural Mechanization & Postharvest; Commercialized & Emerging Technologies on Agricultural Mechanization and Postharvest (rice, corn and cassava, high value crops, and fruits and vegetables); and Extension Support Education and Training. Moreover, the participants underwent a workshop on developing action plans as well as participate in the technology demonstration of PhilMech technologies such as the Compact Corn Miller, Coffee Pulper and Moisture Grain Meter.

This event was made possible by the collaboration of ATI, through the Career Development and Management Division, and PhilMech.