Davao Showcases Major Crops

Subscribe Now September 24, 2010 at 09:52pm

The major crops of Davao like fruits, high-value crops, and organic rice will be featured this year’s Davao Trade Expo (DATE 2010) as this event will serve as a venue for farmers and businessmen to share and learn inputs and techniques from each other and the experts. DATE 2010 will be held at the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) convention center from November 5 to 7 with the theme “Building the Future: Innovation Towards Global Agriculture.”

DATE 2010 chairperson Lizabel Holganza said innovating towards global agriculture would provide opportunities for the complementary agricultural sectors from fruits to vegetables and other crops.

Holganza said the agri-conference would identify interventions in order for the farmers and producers to achieve the global standards in agriculture practice even as she said that the conference will delve on research and development, infrastructure, advocacy, and talent development.

The expo through its Agriculture Conference will also tackle concerns that would help address the protection of the environment thus growing of organic crops will be discussed in one of the forum.

DATE, which is being organized by the Davao City Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Inc. in cooperation with concerned national government agencies and local government units (LGUs), saw the need to bring to this gathering of producers and buyers of agricultural crops relevant topics that would generate interest to entrepreneurs.

Advocacies on environmental protection is taking center stage also in the business sector the fact that a lot of consumers are shifting to natural and organically produced products.

Meanwhile, City Agriculture Office head Leo Avila III said they would strengthen their advocacy for organic food production to ensure safety and good health.

Avila said a resolution was already passed urging farmers to practice natural farming.

Davao City has some 2,000 farmers and around 300 hectares of farmlands devoted to organic farming.

The Department of Agriculture (DA) is also pushing for the production of organic rice especially with the rising demand from consumers as well as the export market.

In a related development, DATE 2010 will also host the first Philippine Global Banana Summit to be held on November here, where the benefits of the fruit will be in business or the health aspect will be discussed.

While banana is the number one export product of the Davao Region, the fruit becomes part of the daily diet of many consumers here.

The Region 11 office here of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI 11) has been advocating strongly for its local consumption given the high nutritional content of the fruit as it is said to have high amounts of insoluble carbohydrate called “resistant starch” as it aids in burning and melting away excess body fats.

DTI 11 Director Marizon Loreto said they partnered with the Department of Education (DepEd) in their advocacy among the students.

The other crop that will be given focus is cacao where its market for export has been increasing. The rising demands for cacao are attributed to the growing consumption of chocolate products globally.

Source: mb.com.ph

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