AGRI INVESTMENTS: To Be Highlighted At Agrilink 2017

COCO SUGAR is one of the high-value products being promoted for export.

Investments in agribusiness will be among the highlights of the 2017 edition of Agrilink trade show which will be held on October 5-7 at the World Trade Center in Pasay City.

This was announced by Antonio V. Roces, president of the Foundation for Resource Linkage and Development (FRLD), the organizer of the annual agricultural expo.

CACAO PRODUCTS BY THE PUENTESPINA FAMILY OF DAVAO CITY.

He announced that the Department of Agriculture’s Agribusiness and Marketing Assistance Service (DA-AMAS) will be promoting its agribusiness investment, promotion and market development programs.

Leandro Gazmin, DA-AMAS’ director, revealed that the agency’s core programs and current projects are focused on supporting the agribusiness sector by improving its global competitiveness, developing market linkages for farmers and equipping them with the right and applicable technologies as well as market information in order to maximize their value chains.

High-Priced specialty rice variety for export.
Organic rice.

Gazmin said that all these start by creating and strengthening the promotion of our products to local and international markets. He added that DA-AMAS has been successful with promoting exports of value-added products derived from coconut, guyabano, calamansi, ginger, muscovado sugar, high-value rice varieties, durian and yam.

He also cited the strong export performance of Philippine tropical fruits like mango, durian and banana as well as coffee and cacao. He noted that the products they have been promoting for exports are varieties that have passed international standards, which is why cultivating the best crop variety that can withstand the logistics of exporting them is important, along with the use of improved postharvest technologies.

ARABICA COFFEE FROM THE CORDILLERA.

Gazmin also reported that among the projects involved are agribusiness investment forums held throughout the country and in international exhibits where investment areas and opportunities in Philippine agricultural commodities are showcased. This is complemented with enterprise development seminars that assist micro, small and medium businesses in improving their operations and widening their products’ access to different markets. The agency also facilitates market matching where farmers and fisherfolk can directly sell their produce to commercial buyers and stakeholders.

DA-AMAS also continues to construct Agri-Pinoy Trading Centers throughout the country. These are facilities that serve as consolidation and trading areas for various agricultural and fishery commodities produced in their respective regions. Some of these provide hauling services from the farm to the trading centers. In turn, farmers can directly sell their produce to consumers. These trading centers address the unfavorable and radical fluctuations of farmgate prices as well as unnecessary losses and wastage due to inefficient postharvest handling.

Organic produce market is being promoted by the DA-AMAS.

Then there is the Livestock “Oksyon” Markets which serve as pooling places established in municipalities around the country. These provide a centralized market with facilities like weighing scales, grading equipment and price information to improve the marketing of livestock and poultry products.

COCO SYRUP is another specialty product from coconut by Tree Life of Jerry Taray.

Another project of DA-AMAS is the Organic Trading Posts (OTP) which provides venues for farmers to sell their organic produce while giving access to supplies that can help them with their production. Then there are the Food Terminals that serve as the depot and distribution system for offering affordable, safe and quality meat, poultry, fish, vegetables and fruits.

LARRY MICULOB,, CHAIRMAN OF AGRILINK 2017

Gazmin also said that DA-AMAS is also part of the Philippine Rural Development Project (PRDP), a six-year World Bank-funded project in partnership with local government units. PRDP aims to help improve the livelihood of Filipino farmers as well as their productivity and competitiveness by implementing infrastructure and enterprise/business projects. These include farm-to-market roads, bridges, technology and information hubs and postharvest facilities.

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