N. Cotabato products showcased at Germany's organic fair

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Friday, February 21, 2014


TWO leading organic products of North Cotabato gained the attention of the world during an international organic food trade fair in Nuremberg, Germany recently.

Governor Emmylou Taliño-Mendoza led the North Cotabato delegates to the Biofach Trade Fair with the full support and help from the Philippines- European Chamber of Commerce (ECCP). Biofach is the world's largest organic trade fair.

Mendoza said that the Tree Life Coco Sugar and Bios Dynamis Black Rice were both remarkably noticed by buyers and spectators in the exhibit. The spectators came from different parts of Europe, South America, Middle East, Asia and Australia and were mostly prospected buyers.

The Bios Dynamis is produced by Don Bosco Foundation in Makilala town while the Tree Life Coco Sugar is produced in Carmen. The producer of the Tree Life Coco Sugar, Jerry Taray, received last year an international outstanding quality citation for his organic coco sap sugar from the Global Brand Award, and the Global Excellence Award.

The coco sugar, derived from boiled raw sap from coconut trees, is sweet, but has very low glycemic index, making it good for diabetics and health conscious people.

In particular, those who bought Bios Dynamis organic black rice came from Germany, Hong Kong, Dubai and Macao while those who inquired on the food product were entrepreneurs coming from Brazil, Canada, USA (New York), Chile, Russia, Israel, Saudi Arabia (Riyadh), Italy, Australia and Holland.

Ample orders for organic black rice are expected to come from these countries in no time, said Mendoza.

Entrepreneurs from Brazil, Canada, the United States of America, Russia and Chile, on the other hand, have already signified intention of importing coco sugar from North Cotabato.

Organizers in Germany also expressed interest on the province of North Cotabato to the point of interviewing Gov. Mendoza last February 14 as to how organic farming developed in her province.

They also inquired from her what are the programs and projects she had implemented that made a positive impact to the farmers, helping to encourage organic farming in particular.

Mendoza said their two top organic products are now truly recognized not only in Hong Kong and Macau, China (for Bios Dynamis) and The Netherlands and UK (for Tree Life Coco Sugar) but in advance countries around the world as well.

She said this would mean higher level of international market profitability for local organic food producers and a more stable economy in Cotabato province.

"Our focus now is to provide organic farming with more support because there is so much potential in the market as well as the health benefits to the consuming public. This will encourage our farmers to get into it and consumers to patronize organic food," Mendoza said.

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on February 21, 2014.

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