1 June 2022

On the road with the PUM and colleagues from the Philippines

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In the Philippines it sometimes happens that animal manure ends up in the rivers and other nature. An undesirable situation. With the help of the PUM, solutions are being looked at, for example abroad, and through various delegations and discussions, the Filipino visitors present today (from government organizations and cooperatives within the pig industry) have ended up here in the Netherlands. A country where we also live in a river delta with a high population density and a high level of welfare for both animals and people. We, Albers Alligator, have been asked to present our manure storage products and explain their advantages and disadvantages.

We are standing in the parking lot of dairy producer “Den Eelder” in Well in Gelderland and have just welcomed a group of enthusiastic entrepreneurs from the Philippines. They have been invited and are supervised by PUM (Programme Uitzending Managers). We, Wout and Klaas, manure storage specialists from Albers Alligator, are going to give them a tour of a number of projects.

But first tea and coffee, after a pleasant welcome from Ernst van der Schans, owner and driving force behind the wonderful Den Eelder family business together with his wife Jacobien and their children.

The Philippine delegation had already received the necessary brochures from Albers Alligator via PUM in advance, in order to be able to form an idea of ​​the solutions. The interest goes out to the Alligator Winbag and Alligator Bagtank. The questions that are asked are substantiated and often concern the application, assembly and workability, mixing options and durability. Albers Alligator manure storage specialists; Klaas Wijbenga and Wout Engelbertink answer the questions appropriately and satisfactorily.

Winbags, Bagtanks and how strong are those bags?
Den Eelder has 2 large manure bags of over 6,000 m³ each and a manure basin of over 10,000 m³. Questions are asked about the strength of the foils used and the surprise of our guests is great when Wout starts walking over the manure bag without restraint. While thousands of farmers in Europe have been familiar with this for decades, it takes some getting used to for the people from the Philippines that you can walk across a large manure storage system.

After admiring the stables and livestock of the van der Schans family, we go with the entire delegation to the nearby pig farm Bruvar B.V., where a truck happens to be loading manure. In the Netherlands, a sample must be taken to register the manure transports and assurances in our Dutch systems. The friendly driver is asked all kinds of questions about the truck, the special tank trailer, the sampling system, etc.

Then we get a delicious lunch at the van Zeelst family, from Boerengolf Hedel. Coincidentally, the Pastor of the Franciscans from Den Bosch cycles here and is very enthusiastically received by our Filipino friends! After lunch we take a detailed look at Van Arendonk’s Winbag (350 m³).

Good luck for the future
Albers Alligator looks back on a very enjoyable and educational day. We hope that our Filipino colleagues can spread the knowledge gained here in the Netherlands and thus make the Philippines and the world a bit cleaner.

We would like through this way mr. Voets of PUM would like to thank him for his unbridled efforts and enthusiasm to highlight Dutch business abroad and to link Dutch solutions to global issues.

We would also like to thank Den Eelder Well, Bruvar Hedel, the Van Arendonk Herwijnen family and the Van Zeelst family for their hospitable reception.

Maraming tagumpay sa hinaharap!
Good luck!