Leading agricultural machines and equipment dealer Ada Manufacturing Corp. (ADAMCO) has successfully raised P1 billion via the issuance of notes supported by state-run Development Bank of the Philippines and Security Bank Corp.
The proceeds of the fund raising activity via the issuance of five-year corporate notes arranged by GIV Capital Holdings Corp. will be used to finance ADAMCO’s capital expenditure and working capital requirements related to the development of its branch network.
ADAMCO founder and chairman Roberto Alingog thanked GIV Capital, DBP and Security Bank for supporting the advocacies of the company.
“My firm belief is that agriculture should be taken as a promising business, and not as a dreaded occupational destination of the children of farmers. We do this by providing access to top-notch equipment with reasonable financing terms. With this fundraise, we will further solidify our presence in the industry and show the country at large a simple truth – that farmers can make money in modernized farming, ”Alingog said.
ADAMCO provides a beacon of hope with their simple, powerful solution: the farmer as entrepreneur. It drives forward this solution, a paradigm shift, by presenting to the farmer-entrepreneur that he can make a profitable business from his agri-machinery acquisition by using these to provide services to his fellow farmers in land preparation, tilling, transplanting, and harvesting .
The agricultural machines and equipment distributor also makes acquisition happen quickly in 37 industries located in the top rice-producing regions nationwide.
Both DBP and Security Bank provided the funding to ADAMCO, heeding the call of the national government for banks to devote part of their lending portfolios to support agriculture.
“DBP shares the vision of ADAMCO in promoting modernity and technological advancement in the agricultural sector, and in providing our farmers access to modern agricultural machinery. Like ADAMCO, we also believe that modernization is a key element to agricultural productivity, which is why it is our honor to be a part of this funding activity that aims to benefit our Filipino farmers and agripreneurs. ”, Says Emmanuel G. Herbosa, President and CEO of DBP.
Security Bank believes that its funding extension to ADAMCO will go a long way in supporting our farmers who produce our food. This is also a clear way of responding to the call of government for the Banks to devote part of their portfolio to support the Agriculture industry. “This Corporate Notes Facility is an important milestone in ADAMCO’s mission to help transform the agricultural sector, and we look forward to supporting the company in its future endeavors. We are proud to support these projects that align with our mission to enrich lives, empower businesses, and build communities sustainably through financial service excellence. ” shares Charles M. Rodriguez, Executive Vice President and Head of Wholesale Banking Segment of Security Bank.
GIV Capital Holdings president and CEO Mr. Conrado Gloria Jr. said much work still needs to be done when it comes to helping the agriculture sector in the Philippines.
“This transaction is only the beginning for ADAMCO. Its mission of spurring development at the grassroots level of agriculture is of utmost importance to the country, and ADAMCO’s unique approach, the farmer as entrepreneur, is a transformative one, ”Mr.Gloria said.
New initiatives from both the private and public sector are needed to fully address the food security issues the country.
At least one player is raring to take on the challenge. “For as long as people will eat, there will be agriculture and for as long as agriculture is needed to provide the food, there will be ADAMCO,” Mr. Alingog vowed.
ADAMCO had its humble roots in the 1970’s after its founder witnessed the lack of the simplest motorized equipment in his home province of Isabela.
Alingog said mechanization is key in rice farming and the Rice Combine Harvester (RCH) is a hit among farmers. On top of reducing harvesting losses at an average rate of 10 percent through a superior process, the RCH also further reduces harvesting losses because of the attendant timeliness and speed.
Prior to the introduction of RCH, 25 farm laborers are needed to harvest one hectare in one day. Despite promises made by labor contractors to bring 25 farm laborers, they end up bringing only five people thereby delaying harvesting.
“Like any fruit, palay grain when matured, falls to the ground. This is called splintering. Palay has a splintering rate of two percent per day. Hence, the delay caused by the lack of enough manpower results into substantial losses to the farmer, ”Mr. Alingog said.
According to Alingog, the labor shortage situation is partly explained by the planting schedules that are aligned with the availability of water from the irrigation.
“When irrigation dams have enough water and is released for field irrigation, all the irrigation beneficiaries start to till. Hence, they also all harvest within a narrow period of time. It is to a farmer’s advantage if he goes along with the schedule otherwise if he is late in planting and late in harvesting, all the pest in the surrounding harvested fields will converge on this remaining unharvested field causing high losses for the farmer, ”Mr. Alingog said.
Federico De Guzman, product development director at ADAMCO, also debunked claims that agri-machinery displaces farm labor, resulting in massive unemployment in the countryside.
De Guzman said that there has been no report that there was indeed a large displacement of farm labor resulting in massive unemployment since the start of mechanized agri-machinery adoption in the 1970s.
Instead, what was observed ever since was that farm labor had always been in short supply.
“One reason was that farming families did not want (and still do not want) their children to become traditional farmers who with manual labor till the farms,” De Guzman explained.
Instead, farmers want to send their children to become employees in other industries or even to become overseas Filipino workers (OFWs).
“Hence, the farmers who grow old and retire are not replenished at the same rate resulting to fewer and older farmers at a high average age of 57 years old. Hence, the perennial shortage of farm labor, ”Mr. Guzman said.
For her part, ADAMCO President Ms. Ada Alethea Alingog-Nanayakkara said that the company wants to elevate the country’s agriculture sector to the next level via mechanization.
“It is always very heart-warming to see the excitement in the eyes of the farmers when we deliver the agri-machinery to them and teach them how to operate the machines. Their feeling of going to the next higher level of economic life is intense and palpable, ”Ms. Alingog-Nanayakkara shared.
Well-established Yanmar brand of Japan, manufacturer of a wide range of agricultural machinery like rice combine harvesters, tractors, and transplanters has tapped ADAMCO as its sole dealer in the Philippines.
“We are very pleased to see the strong growth that ADAMCO has shown since we established our partnership with them. The Philippine agriculture sector has so much untapped potential and we believe Yanmar and ADAMCO have found the right approach to mechanize the industry and help bring the country to the status it deserves, ”Mr. Masatoshi Suyama, President of Yanmar Philippines Corporation (YPC) said.
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