Agrilink 2022 Highlights
Last year, the focus region was Region 13, and the focus was – High Value Crops such as Cacao, Coffee and Abaca, with the theme “Inclusive Growth in Agribusiness Chain: Key to Stability”.
Inclusive growth, as the OECD defines it, is “economic growth that is distributed fairly across society and creates opportunities for all. Inclusive growth in the agribusiness chain, which comprises the business activities from farm to table, would provide better integrating farmers into the commercial value chains and better access to markets, inputs and services like finance and training in ways that are commercially viable, and create a better functioning and more stable agribusiness system.
After two years of absence due to Covid 19, the exhibit was limited to the 3 original Halls for the indoor exhibit and the North Parking for outdoor exhibits. Under the new normal, WTC also required more aisle space and a minimum booth size of 3×3 meters. Thus in 2022 the exhibit could only accommodate a total of 151 companies in the 8,298 sqm indoor exhibit and 79 companies in the 4,000 sqm outdoor exhibit. While most were local companies, there were also 27 foreign companies from 7 countries led by Korea, China, Thailand, Taiwan, Netherlands and Turkey, South Africa and Italy.
There were also two (2) Indoor Pavilions: the Korean Pavilion and the Philippine Seed Industry Association Pavilion at the main exhibit area and AANI and OPTA Pavilions in the retail/outdoor area.
The Korean Pavilion was organized by the Korea Agricultural Machinery Industry Coop. (KAMICO) and Fit Corea in the
Philippines. On their 3nd year, the Phil. Seed Industry Association organized a Seed Pavilion among their members.
AGRILINK TURNS 28
Twenty-eight years of Agrilink and still counting!
2022 was a year of recovery and revival. As restrictions continuously eased with the pandemic more manageable, our economy recovered, and more world markets reopened. After missing out on 2020 and 2021, Agrilink/Foodlink/Aqualink restarted with a bang last year. This 2023 with increasing demand for agriculture and food products, the 28th year Agrilink/Foodlink/Aqualink will have a more exciting array of exhibits and seminars of interest to farmers, fisherfolks and stakeholders of the agri-food industries.
This year we have added an air-conditioned tent to accomodate retail booths specially from all the regions. The World Trade Center has also allowed us more indoor booths.
“PLANT HEALTH AND VALUE ADDING: KEY TO COMPETITIVENESS”
Plant health and farm management have always been a major issue for Philippine agriculture, the value chain, and livelihood of farmers. Plant health encompasses integrated agricultural practices, including sanitation, fertilization, irrigation, soil management, pest and disease management, plant protection, nutrition, and mitigation against climate change. Ensuring that crops obtain optimal care and inputs enhances yield and quality.
Profitability is maximized through reduction of postharvest losses, and value-adding activities that transform crops into new and innovative products, broaden markets, and generate more livelihood and export opportunities.
The synergy of plant health and value-adding can enhance Philippine mango’s competitiveness in the global market.
Crop and Region on Focus
ilippine mango is distinguished globally. Philippines was once one of the biggest exporters of mango worldwide. In 2021, mango exports reached US$617.77 million, while the gross value-added income for mango was PhP37.4 billion. While the industry remains dynamic, it has been beset with various difficulties such as: decline in yield due to cecid fly infestation (also known locally as “kurikong”), poor economies of scale, sizable postharvest losses and high production costs. However, the Department of Agriculture has a priority program to enhance good agricultural practices, provide postharvest facilities, and strengthen the value chain and thus return the industry’s competitiveness in the global market.
Regional Focus: Ilocos Region
The Ilocos Region (Region I) — comprising Ilocos Norte, Ilocos Sur, La Union, and Pangasinan — is the country’s biggest producer of mangoes. According to the industry roadmap of the Department of Agriculture’s High-Value Crops Development Program, the Ilocos Region contributed 23% of the total mango production.
While the bulk of mangoes from the Ilocos Region are consumed fresh, the region also supplies processors of value-added products such as dried mango, puree, jam, chutney, beverages, ice cream, wine, chips, pickles, and dried slices. Pangasinan is its biggest contributor, followed by Ilocos Norte.
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