The Philippine Center for Post-Harvest Development and Mechanization (PHilMech) said the domestic agricultural machinery industry needs to be strengthened to reduce reliance on imported equipment.
The Philippines “cannot rely on imported agricultural machinery alone, and there is a need to develop the local agricultural machinery industry to improve their manufacturing capabilities and product quality,” said PHilMech executive director Dionisio. G. Alvindia, in a press release.
On May 25, PHilMech began setting up the Agricultural Machinery Design and Prototyping Center (AMDPC) in Muñoz, Nueva Ecija, in collaboration with the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA-Philippines), the Korea Institute for Development Strategy (KDS) and the Korea Agricultural Machinery Cooperative (KAMICO).
AMDPC has received an investment of $3.6 million and will have state-of-the-art design and prototyping equipment and tools to develop agricultural machinery parts and components.
The center will also have workshops for the maintenance of agricultural machinery.
“AMDPC is a major step in the development of the country’s agricultural machinery industry, and KAMICO is an ideal partner as they already have expertise in the field,” Mr. Alvindia said.
“We must not rely solely on imports and we must strengthen our manufacturing industry,” he added.
The center will have the capacity to manufacture agricultural machinery parts in partnership with national manufacturers.
Such an operation “will improve our local manufacturing capabilities which will create jobs in the countryside”, Mr. Alvindia said. — Luisa Maria Jacinta C. Jocson