Mi­maropa Nat­u­rally to show­case new agri-prod­ucts, IP cre­ativ­ity

Palawan Daily News - - Region - By Palawan Daily News

The De­part­ment of Trade and In­dus­try (DTI) is giv­ing more ex­po­sure to homegrown prod­ucts from Mi­maropa re­gion.

Trade and In­dus­try Sec­re­tary Ra­mon M. Lopez is call­ing on the pub­lic to visit the 2018 Mi­maropa Nat­u­rally Agri-Trade and Tourism Fair at the SM Mega­mall trade hall that is set to open on Oc­to­ber 17.

Sec­re­tary Lopez said he is con­fi­dent that the pub­lic will find the prod­ucts and shows at the Mi­maropa Nat­u­rally fair en­joy­able. He also said var­i­ous agen­cies have con­verged to help lo­cal en­trepreneurs and co­op­er­a­tives from the re­gion with the lat­est tech­nol­ogy in food and non-food pro­cess­ing.

Aside from its bio­di­ver­sity , cul­ture and tra­di­tions, Mi­maropa is also known as one of the coun­try’s rice gra­naries and sources of tuna and other fish prod­ucts, bananas, ar­row­root cook­ies, lemons and mar­ble sou­venirs.

For his part, Trade and In­dus­try Mi­maropa Re­gional Di­rec­tor Joel Valera said they will be launch­ing new food prod­ucts on Kala­mansi (lemons), honey, cashews and fish prod­ucts.

Di­rec­tor Valera said they will also fea­ture bags, bas­kets and fur­ni­ture from Bam­buhay co­op­er­a­tive whose mem­bers are Tag­ban­uas of Palawan.

All ex­hibitors, he said, are ben­e­fi­cia­ries of the DTI shared ser­vice de­liv­ery pro­gram which in­cluded, train­ing, pro­vi­sion of ma­chiner­ies and fa­cil­i­ta­tion of li­censes from the Food and Drug Ad­min­is­tra­tion (for lo­cal food man­u­fac­tur­ers).

Ev­ery hand­i­craft pur­chased at Mi­maropa Nat­u­rally will ben­e­fit in­dige­nous peo­ple’s com­mu­ni­ties in Tara, Bue­nav­ista, and Malawig of Coron, Palawan.

Mi­maropa Nat­u­rally will run un­til Oc­to­ber 21. (LP/ PIA-Mi­maropa)

File pho­to­graph shows chunks of tuna meat from Oc­ci­den­tal Min­doro. one of the pop­u­lar prod­ucts demon­strated at the 2016 Mi­maropa Nat­u­rally Agri-Trade and Tourism Fair. (LP/PIA-Mi­maropa)

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