In an effort to help boost the country’s sugarcane industry, a Filipino-designed equipment was recently introduced in the market by the Delgado Brothers (Delbros) Group, one of the country’s pioneers in agriculture and logistics innovation.
Delbros, through its sugarcane farm solutions member company, Cane Express (CaneX), revolutionized traditional harvesting, loading and hauling aimed at modernizing and optimizing sugarcane farming in the Philippines.
CaneX is the first to deploy the 48-feet triple axle Intermodal Trailers, which employ the company’s “drag and drop” model and can haul multiple loads in one day, efficiently shortening overall delivery time of sugarcane.
“With our modernized solutions, we aim not only to bridge the labor gap but also contribute to the sugarcane industry’s positive output by improving the current harvesting, loading and delivery model,” said CaneX Managing Partner Sebastian Ledesma.
Among southeast Asian countries, the Philippines’ sugar industry is plagued by higher production costs from inefficient farm practices, labor costs and lack of financing and infrastructure support.
Through CaneX trucks, mechanized cane harvesters and loaders are expected to cut hauling, harvesting, and loading time, allowing farmers to focus on growing crops as best as they can, and for sugar mills to get the freshest sugarcane.
The company said CaneX trucks allow for three to four trips with bigger loads for hauling, compared to the current process that is limited to two trips a day. Its mechanized harvesters can cut 1.2 hectares per day as opposed to traditional farming that takes 10 people three to four days to harvest one hectare of land. Additionally, manual loading usually takes up to three to four hours to fill a 10-wheeler truck, while mechanized loaders efficiently cut the process to just 50 minutes.
The Delbros Group is targeting to double its current fleet of 15 harvesters and seven loaders in the next two years, committing over P90 million pesos in equipment and personnel investment.
By 2020, the company also sees an opportunity to expand its services from simply harvesting, loading, and hauling to full end-to-end farming, which includes planting, fertilization, cultivation and farm management services.
At present, CaneX equipment is used in major sugar-producing provinces in the country such as Negros, Bukidnon, Cavite and Batangas.
“As seen through the years, Delbros is committed to modernizing agriculture and helping farmers produce more with their limited resources through our technology,” Delbros Group Managing Director Jose Paolo Delgado said.