2016 AGRILINK, FOODLINK AND AQUALINK
"Negros, a Model of Agribusiness Resiliency"
The 23rd edition of Agrilink was held last October 6-8 at the World Trade Center, Pasay City. The event highlighted the newly formed Negros Island Region’s sturdiness and strength in the agricultural industries with the theme, “Negros, a Model of Agribusiness Resiliency”. This year’s Agrilink featured local and international agricultural products and technologies for improved and integrated approaches from production inputs, new technologies, value adding and product development, retailing and marketing. There were enormous product and service exhibits indoor, plant and live animal displays outdoor, as well as forums, technical workshops and seminars.
Negros Island, the forefront of organic farming is being supported by the Department of Agriculture by stepping up its provision of support to organic farmers. Funds have been earmarked for production, development, training and distribution of organic rice and vegetable seeds and fertilizers to help farmers of Negros farmers compete in the fast growth of industry worldwide.
Ms. Evelyn G. Laviña, Department Agriculture Undersecretary for Agribusiness and High-Value Crops, delivered President Rodrigo Duterte’s message. In his message, the President wants is to make the DA corruption-free. He said he has instructed DA to link up with the Bureau of Customs and other relevant agencies to stop and never to allow ever again the smuggling of any agricultural products. The president said he truly appreciates the “huge assistance that private sector groups like Foundation for Resource Linkage and Development provide us to spur the growth of agricultural production and trade fairs like Agrilink.”
Senator Cynthia Villar, other government officials, bureau directors, foreign ambassadors and other personalities also graced the largest annual international agribusiness event in the Philippines.
Bureau of Plant Industry showcased organic seeds and products from its La Granja National Crop Research, Development and Production Support Center (BPI-LGNCRDPSC) in La Granja, La Carlota City, Negros Occidental. Certified organic seed like mungbean, soybean, peanut and corn were distributed as well as organic Vegetables seeds of pole Sitao, okra, squash, tomato, Alugbati, Saluyot and Malunggay. During the three-day event, hundreds of farming enthusiasts lined up for free seeds, IEC Materials and technical advice.
The event was also the 17th International Food Processing, Packaging and Products Exhibition (FOODLINK) and 12th National Fisheries Exhibition and Seminars (AQUALINK).
- Written by Roland
- Published: 14 October 2016
- Created: 16 October 2016
- Last Updated: 16 October 2016
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