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Saturday, April 21, 2018

AIM's Team Agriviz Bags East-West Seed Innovation Olympics Championship

Team Agriviz of the Asian Institute of Management (AIM) is named as the East-West Seed Innovation Olympics champion, as they successfully introduced their e-magsasaka online platform that eyes to convert farmers into agri-preneurs.

AIM's Team Agriviz Bags East-West Seed Innovation Olympics Championship
AIM's Team Agriviz Bags East-West Seed Innovation Olympics Championship

Mentored by East-West Seed’s Downstream Marketing Manager Dexter Difuntorum, Team Agriviz is composed of Aiah Sarmiento, Gorby Dimalanta, and Aaron David. They battled out two other teams through their e-magsasaka online platform that addresses two of the major problems of the local farmers – lack of direct access, and lack of market information between buyers and growers.

Through e-magsasaka, their revenue is expected to rise by at least 20% as it minimizes the involvement of middlemen. With this, prices of vegetables will be more affordable for the consumers, as well.

As explained by Team Agriviz, e-magsasaka is an online platform that contains database where buyers could find farmers that would be able to provide the produce they need. In return, farmers could also use the database to find the market where they can sell their produce.

The group also shared that during the 6-month pilot stage, they worked with farmers’ cooperatives, local government units, and buyers to ensure that the e-magsasaka platform has significant benefit to the entire ecosystem of vegetable production.

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On the other hand, East-West Seed has claimed that the recent Innovation Olympics marks their commitment in addressing the two biggest problems being faced by vegetable farmers in the Philippines.

“Farmers represent the 2nd poorest sector in the Philippines. This sad reality results in our our young people ‘s disenchantment of pursuing a career in agriculture. The average age of Filipino farmers is 57-59 years old that is why we have to inspire our youth to discover the beauty of farming. We at East-West Seed know that there is money in vegetable farming and it could be a solid route in improving the lives of our people.  Another problem is that farming practices in the Philippines are outdated and majority of our farmers are reluctant to use technology in farming making their work labor intensive and unsustainable,” Henk Hermans, East-West Seed Philippines General Manager, addressed.

Meanwhile, Team Agriviz bested two other student groups from University of the Philippines Los Banos – Team Pocket Farm and Team i-Agri Ventures.

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