EIGHT traders have participated in the four-day local trade exposition initiated by the Department of Agriculture (DA).
The activity, dubbed as “Tienda-Tienda” started on Wednesday and ended Saturday, March 21 to 24. It was held Pettit Barracks, Zamboanga City.
It is a project of the Agribusiness and Marketing Assistance Division (Amad) of the DA regional office aimed to support local traders and producers promote their products to the market.
Agustin Garcia, one of the participants, said that the activities held by Amad helped him find market to his farm product.
Garcia, who grows watermelon in an east coast village, disclosed he now supplies one of the local shopping malls.
Aside from watermelon, they showcased during the “Tienda-Tienda” the following local products: Bagon Gata; peanuts; peanut brittle; calamansi juice; banana crackers; alfajor; coconuts; bananas; black and brown rice; and, organic vermicast fertilizer.
The local trade exposition was also part of DA regional office’ activity for the National Women’s Month Celebration.
Susana Cordova of the Pasobolong Working Women Association said the activity enables them to showcase their entrepreneurial skills aside from doing household chores.
The “Tienda-Tienda” was first held on July 28, 2017 in Manila.
Since then, it has been replicated by the different DA regional offices. (Bong Garcia/SunStar Philippines)