Monday July 23, 2018

NegOcc gets boost at international trade shows

NEGROS Occidental, particularly its agriculture, aquaculture and food sectors, is gaining a boost at the ongoing Agrilink, Aqualink and Foodlink 2017 held at the World Trade Center in Pasay City.

The three-day event, which started Thursday, October 5, is organized by the Foundation for Resource Linkage and Development in collaboration with the Department of Agriculture and other industry partners.

Themed “Improved Varieties and Postharvest Facilities Essential to Profitability,” the annual event is considered the country’s biggest international trade shows on agribusiness, food, and fishery.

Provincial Agriculturist Japhet Masculino, who was present at the opening activity, said the province has a booth facilitated by the Metro Bacolod Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

It showcases and sells various agriculture-based products from different local government unites (LGUs) in Negros Occidental, Masculino said.

“International trade shows like this are really huge opportunity for us to promote our products. Through sessions and other segments, we can also to learn best agricultural practices that can be replicated by the province,” he added.

This year’s event is comprised of three international trade shows – the 24th International Agribusiness Exhibition and Seminar, 18th International Food Processing, Packaging and Products Exhibition, and 13th National Fisheries Exhibition and Seminars.

These gather enterprises from over 30 agribusiness associations and institutions in the country.

Offered are the latest farm inputs and equipment, products and systems for farm use, processing facilities, and an array of products designed to increase efficiency and reduce cost.

Provincial Veterinarian Renante Decena, who was also at the event, said the agriculture sector is now approaching the time for mechanization and new technology especially on processing.

“These developments would really help improve efficiency in agriculture, including livestock production,” Decena added.