P100M in sales eyed in 15th Date-A A +A
Wednesday, September 11, 2013
ORGANIZERS of the 15th Davao Trade Expo (Date), the biggest agribusiness expo in Mindanao, are expecting at least P100 million in sales.
This year's gathering of industry players in agriculture will converge a total of 200 exhibitors, 7,000 trade visitors, and 1,000 conference delegates coming all over the Philippines.
The expo, dubbed as "Empowering the farmer: Engage. Enable. Excite," which will run from October 17 to 19 at the SMX Convention Center Davao, will highlight five agricultural crops such as cacao, coconut, coffee, corn and cassava.
"These golden crops are quite in demand nowadays not only in the local scene but also in the international market," the briefer said.
However, the current production levels of those crops are quite inadequate despite each crop's high marketability whether for local or for export markets.
"With Date 2013, opportunities to generate awareness, productivity enhancement to meet global requirements and for sufficiency is getting a lot of interest," it added.
Date 2013 will be comprised of agri-trade exhibition, business matching, networking night, and culinary competition.
International speakers and specialists will be expected to take part in the three-day event to share with local players updates on agricultural standards and best practices in agriculture.
It added that trade expo will seek to resolve socio-political issues affecting the agriculture sector today.
It can be recalled that last year's holding of 14th Date highlighted livestock, poultry, and aquaculture, in which Mindanao is a net exporter, supplying Manila, Samar, Leyte, and Cebu.
A total of 176 exhibitors were gathered during the trade expo in 2012 where a total of P233,439,967 in sales were recorded.
Also, a total of 7,149 trade visitors and 687 congress delegates were recorded during the trade expo in 2012.
In 15th Date, among the key discussions will include the industry roadmap, innovations, market opportunity, sufficiency and sustainability.
Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on September 11, 2013.