ORGANIZERS of the three-day 3rd Davao Agriculture and Livestock Expo, which opened June 4 and ongoing until Saturday, will bring in some experts from the country's agriculture sector at SMX Convention Center, SM Lanang Premier.

In an interview, Celia B. Maliwat, events manager of Mandaluyong-based CMB Events Management, said the invited speakers will discuss topics that will update the knowledge of the local agriculture stakeholders on most pressing issues and innovations in farming.

"This year, we focused on showcasing the recent trends, products, and technologies in the country's agriculture and livestock businesses which aim to find solution to the continuing challenges faced by the Philippine agri sector," she said.

Among the speakers included Ernesto G. Gonzales, of the Green Bounty Agri Produce, who will talk about "the system of sustainable nature farming on how to raise Davoc chicken;" Victor Cabral, of the Nature's Glory, who will discuss "organic farming;" and David Lockhart, of Tractorco Inc., who will update farmers on "Mechanization for efficient cattle farming in the Philippines."

The staging of the expo will continuously keep the exhibitors in the loop, bringing them closer to the local market.

"We acknowledge the exhibitors' need to keep pace and to always stay ahead of the competition, especially in this rapidly globalizing world, where being competitive means maintaining one's comparative advantage through knowledge and the access to the latest technologies, expertise and resources," she added.

Organizers are expecting some 10,000 visitors for the three-day expo, which showcases more than 60 exhibitors coming from all across the country.

"Products to be displayed in the expo are feeds, seeds and crops, animal nutrition, fertilizer and pesticides and the latest technologies and equipment in farming," Maliwat added.

Also, the exhibitors are expected to generate some P100 million, an increase of 25 percent from last year's P75 million.