THE Department of Agriculture (DA), in partnership with the Department of Trade and Industry, Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry and other private sector industry groups, launched the 3rd Agribusiness Support for Promotion and Investment in Regional Expositions (Aspire) at Robinsons Starmills, City of San Fernando.
The event, which will run from May 15 to 17, aims to promote the regional priority commodities and agri-fishery based products, and to showcase strong linkages with farmers and fisherfolk.
The event was participated by more than three dozen farmer producers and agri-entrepreneurs.
The components of the programs are: production support, enterprise development and industry support, agribusiness investments and promotions, and market promotion and development.
DA Assistant Secretary Andrew Villacorta said Aspire aims to develop the capacity of local farmers and fisherfolk, as well as MSMEs to optimize market opportunities, promotion and advocacy of investment opportunities to encourage agribusiness investments, and build strong partnerships and convergence with other government and private sector industry groups.
President Rodrigo Duterte’s economic agenda is toward achieving “a better and more comfortable life to every Filipino” -- the role of DA in this, as mentioned by Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol, is to provide affordable and available food for all through technology, financing, and marketing.