I’ve been telling people around me about my future plan to leave the world of Information Technology (I.T.) and go to the mysterious and adventurous world of Agriculture. By luck, it has reached the ears of one my parent’s churchmate and she gave me a VIP ticket to the Livestock Philippines 2011 Expo. The VIP ticket also has a complimentary product from ATOVI (I don’t know what this is!).
The Livestock Philippines 2011 Expo is a specialized event for feed, livestock, aquatic and meat processing as the organizers of Agriculture Expos found that it is necessary to have a different event for the said specializations. The theme for this years Expo is “Improving Food Safety and Security in Livestock Production” and was held at the SMX Convention Center at Pasay City from December 8 to 10, 2011.
In the VIP ticket I had to fill up a form that needs a company, position and other stuff that I do in the farm. Problem is I do not have a farm yet nor do I know anything about farms! I just went there to learn. So I left all those items blank.
When I arrived at the registration area, there were different registration sites for visitors and VIP/media. Naturally, I went to the VIP/media but only after taking a few photos of the banners outside. “Uy, media.” a receptionist said to another receptionist. I gave my VIP ticket. “VIP po pala kayo sir. Anong company ninyo? Anong position ninyo? May farm po kayo?” All I said was, I don’t have a company nor a position nor a farm. “Sir, visitor pala kayo. Visitor ID nalang po ang ibibigay ko sa inyo.” In truth, I was a bit agitated with the downgrading but by logical sense I do not have anything to prove that I am a VIP nor a mediaman nor do I know what’s the difference between a VIP to a normal visitor. I was just there to learn. So I agreed to becoming a normal visitor since it also was free. Anyways, goodbye complimentary ATOVI!
Wow! Wow! Wow!
It was my first time on such an Expo. I did not know what to expect. When I saw automated systems for feeding, chicken dressing and many more. The geek within me came alive! I want to know how that works and how it helps in the production of livestock! I was ecstatic to see many cool machines.
There was also a booth where they sell instrumentation equipments for analysis of food, feeds and other needed stuff for farming! Ding! Ding! Somehow that made me feel that I’m not really away from what I studied in college because I had my specialization in the Instrumentation, Robotics and Control (IRC) Laboratory in UP Diliman. Thanks PHILAB Industries, Inc.!
People from the booth were friendly and approached me and was always asking “Sir, from what company are you?” which I always answered “I’m not related to any company. I’m just here to learn because I want to do farming.” Then they would smile and get excited for me pursuing my dreams. Thanks to the people who encouraged me! 🙂
After all the excitement had passed and with all the new equipment that I now know exists I realized that for a starting farmer like me that has very minimal money I could not afford such fancy equipments. Somehow, it made me afraid but I quickly changed my mindset that though I may not afford them now, hopefully the farm that I will be making would somehow grow and be able to afford this big equipments if and only if I really need them.
The most useful thing that I saw in the Livestock Philippines Expo 2011 is actually just 2 books from Marid Agribusiness Digest. I was going to buy them but I realized that I only had 200 Pesos on my pocket which also included my fare back to my house. In short, those two I also could not afford.
The Missed Events
I was planning to go to the expo yesterday (December 9, 2011) but had to postpone my visit because of an appointment in my former office for my clearance which I was processing for 6 months! I was in the expo to learn and I missed the SEMINARS!!!!!!!
The truth is I was on the watch out for those seminars. I’ve looked at their website at livestockphilippines.com and their e-brochure, there were nothing that says the date and time of the seminars. This is a room for improvement for the organizers.
Anyways, yesterday my clearance was finished. Somehow, I am happy about it but I still wish I had attended the seminars and learn more.