An agricultural machinery design center to develop in NEcija

The Philippine Center for Postharvest Mechanization and Development (PHilMech) and its partners in South Korea have officially launched the 180 million peso Agricultural Mechanization Design and Prototyping Center (AMDPC) project.

The flagship project mainly involves the creation of a state-of-the-art AMDPC at the PHilMech campus in Muñoz, Nueva Ecija. The $ 3.6 million project will include design and prototyping equipment for agricultural machinery.

PhilMech, an agency under the Ministry of Agriculture (DA), said it would work with the DA’s central office, as well as the Korea International Cooperation Agency, the Korea Institute for Development Strategy ( KDS) and the Korea Agricultural Machinery Cooperative (Kamico). The two companies will serve as a monitoring committee for the Korean project which will also seek to organize some of the country’s national agencies to form a project steering committee to help promote the project, which will be discussed and coordinated with PHilMech.

“Kamico will provide technical expertise and advice on agricultural machinery research and development (R&D) and manufacturing, while KDS will focus on agricultural and rural development with the introduction of the new agricultural machinery produced from this project. “PhilMech said in a statement.

At the same time, the DA central office will oversee the entire project through its Project Steering Committee, headed by Under Secretary of Agriculture Ariel Cayanan. At the same time, the Special Projects Coordination and Management Assistance Division of the Department of Agriculture will monitor project implementation.

“AMDPC will produce custom agricultural machinery that would be adapted to Philippine conditions, with the aim of increasing the rate of mechanization in the country,” PhilMech said.

The agency said 12 machines were initially identified as pilot technologies to be produced locally from AMDPC and will be showcased in a targeted roadshow in 2027.

Through the roadshow, it is hoped that there will be increased awareness for agricultural machinery, increasing the demand for the production of technologies in the following years.

The group will also develop a training module adapted to local conditions for R&D and the manufacture of agricultural machinery, as well as to conduct training programs with the political support of PHilMech.