P24-M agri machinery testing center to rise in Iloilo City

THE Agriculture Machinery Testing and Evaluation Center (AMTEC) Visayas   Satellite worth P24-million will be constructed soon at Western Visayas Integrated Agricultural Research Center (WESVIARC) in Jaro, Iloilo City.

Department of Agriculture (DA) Secretary Emmanuel F. Piñol, who led the groundbreaking ceremony of the facility on Sep. 7, 2017, said “today we marked another milestone in our efforts to improve the quality of equipment that we provide to our farmers.”

The main AMTEC is in University of the Philippines in Los Baños, Laguna. It serves as the premier and reference testing center in the Philippines.

It also requires that agricultural and fisheries machinery and equipment to be sold in the market shall pass through testing and evaluation of AMTEC.

In reference to the Agricultural and Fisheries Mechanization (AFMech) Law, the DA shall provide funds for the establishment of AMTEC Satellite Centers in Visayas and Mindanao. Another Satellite Center will be put up in Davao Region.

The AMTEC building in WESVIARC has P6 million budget, P13 million for the procurement of scientific and technical equipment, and P5 million for the office equipment.

“This actually adheres with the policy of the President to give only the best for Filipino farmers. In the three-day Makina Expo being held at the Iloilo Convention Center, 140 manufacturers are showcasing their best and modernized farm equipment and machinery as well as the locally fabricated equipment,” Piñol added.

Dr. Aurelio A. Delos Reyes Jr. of UPLB-AMTEC stressed “this is the very step in the realization for what is provided in the Law that this testing center would come closer to the manufacturers in the rest of the Visayas.

He also thanked the DA executive for approving the P30-million budget to augment the staff of AMTEC by 2018. (S.M.H. Toreno/DA-6 Information)

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