Institutional Development & Linkages and Information Network Division
Compendium of Developed Agricultural and Fisheries Mechanization Technologies in the Philippines
(July 1, 2023 to December 31, 2024)
Department of Science and Technology – Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquatic, and Natural Resources Research and Development (DOST-PCAARRD)
Center for Agri-Fisheries and Biosystems Mechanization (BIOMECH)
Rationale and Background:
The Agricultural and Fisheries Mechanization (AFMech) Law or RA 10601 is a national policy on economical and environment-friendly agriculture and fisheries to promote food security and increase the profit of farmers and local producers/manufacturers.
The Higher Education Institutions/State Universities and Colleges (HEIs/SUCs), especially those offering Bachelor of Science in Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering (BSABE) are the major stakeholders in the AFMech Law. They are part of the Agricultural and Fisheries Mechanization Research, Development and Extension (AFMechRDE) Network of the AFMech Law and have an important role in the formulation of the network’s RDE agenda chaired by the Philippine Center for Postharvest Development and Mechanization (PHilMech) and co-chaired by the Center for Agri-Fisheries and Biosystems Mechanization (UPLB-BIOMECH) of the College of Engineering and Agro-Industrial Technology (CEAT), UPLB.
The HEIs/SUCs are considered the major technology generators in agricultural and biosystems engineering, among other fields of knowledge. On the other hand, RDIs like PhilMech and PhilRice and other private institutions also contributed to the development of various agri-fisheries mechanization technologies. These developed technologies can provide vital support to the implementation of the National Agricultural and Fisheries Mechanization Program of the AFMech Law for the promotion and adoption of agri-fisheries mechanization and for increased productivity of the agri-fisheries sector. However, these outputs may not be extensively disseminated, adopted, promoted and locally manufactured due to minimal recognition and promotion.
The Compendium of Developed Agricultural and Fisheries Mechanization Technologies in the Philippines will document and analyze available Agricultural and Fisheries Mechanization Technologies Developed by HEIs/SUCs, RDIs, and other private agencies, including local manufacturers.
Project Outputs and Impacts:
The primary output of the project is the publication of the technologies in the Country. Moreover, a database management information system will be developed which will serve as the main repository of all the collected information from the different HEIs/SUCs, RDIs, and other private agencies, including local manufacturers.
The compendium as an information material can accelerate the promotion, adoption, adaptation of agri-mechanization technologies through partnerships and collaborations among HEIs/SUCs and concerned agencies. Moreover, this will expand the product lines of existing manufacturers through mass production and commercialization of readily adoptable mechanization technologies. These will ultimately contribute to the increase of productivity of the agri-fisheries sector and improve efficiency in performing agri-fisheries production/post production activities.