A special commercial section has been set aside at the forthcoming Horticulture 2014, the big horticultural expo that is being staged by the Philippine Horticultural Society headed by Dorie S. Bernabe.
The event will be from January 24 to February 3 at the Tropical Garden at the Quezon Memorial Circle in Quezon City.
The Friends of AANI consisting of stallholders at the FTI and many others who are into various types of farming will be making available their fresh produce, processed items, planting materials and other inputs in farming.
Horticulture 2014 is being focused on agritourism, wellness and livelihood. Ideas on money-making opportunities in farming, gardening, processing of food and wellness products, will be showcased.
Dorie Bernabe is particularly inviting OFWs and their relatives to the show so they can pick up ideas in which they can invest their earnings. They can establish their own projects in the country so they don’t have to leave their families anymore.
At the AANI commercial section, Ernesto Abalos who might as well be called the ‘Paraoakan King’, will be launching his All-White Paraoakan chicken which is a product of judicious, continuous selection. This new strain has the usual traits of the ordinary Paraoakan – long legs, long neck, big head and bigger body than the other strains of native chickens. There is another desirable trait of the All-White Paraoakan. Abalos has observed that it is more easily domesticated than its colored counterpart. The black Paraoakan, according to Abalos, is more flighty.
Also, the Dragon Fruit Lady of Ilocos Norte, Edita Dacuycuy, will be showcasing her various products out of different parts of the dragon fruit plant. The dragon fruit, she says, might as well be called the Vine of Life in the same manner that the coconut is dubbed the Tree of Life.
Edita has produced an array of products from the fruit of the dragon fruit and plant parts. These include sweet wine, vinegar, ice cream, shanghai lumpia from flowers, noodles and others. She has planted 10 hectares to this fruit-bearing cactus and plans to expand some more.